The Big E3 2012 Party List: Parties, events, fundraisers and more [UPDATED]

The Big E3 2012 Party List: Parties, events, fundraisers and more [UPDATED]

E3 2012 Party List

It’s almost time for E3, which means you’re hurriedly finishing packing, planning, and loading up on vitamin C. You’re probably freaking out right now about the huge amount of things that you have left to do.

Well, scratch one item off of your list: SideQuesting’s annual Big E3 Party List is back for 2012 to help you find the best parties around during the expo week. Sit back, scroll down, and pick and choose your adventures. It’s going to be a fun week!

There are more events being announced all the time. If you know of one, please let us know and we will add it to the list. Mention it in the comments or contact us.

And watch E3 from the comfort of your home with our press conference schedule.

Also, finally, check out the unofficial E3 2012 parties Facebook Page! The fine folks at XBLA Fans put that together for ya!

And check out the E3 Party Guide Twitter account! They’re posting updates AS THEY HAPPEN on Twitter!

[box_dark]Wednesday, June 6th[/box_dark]


Shifted 2 Reality E3 2012 Party
Image courtesy Shifted 2 Reality


Location: Crocker Club at 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

Time: 8PM – 2AM

Information: Shifted2Reality

As THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN, this next event will feature a “shifted” universe of interactive play & after party experience that is going on during the first night of the famous E3* expo for fans of the gaming industry (developers, industry professionals, play enthusiasts) to get their game on til’ the break of dawn!

After the success of the PS Vita Prelaunch party, Shifted2u returns to Los Angeles with the collaboration of publicity team & event producers, Jade Umbrella, for the biggest gaming event of the year – E3*!

With the venue switch we have had to make some changes to the activities going on for the night and also change the date to June 6th. Please take a moment to view all the information below.

-N-control has provided us with 4 cases of Avenger Advantage (ps3) and Avenger Elite (xbox360) controller add-ons and will be given out randomly
-Anyone under 21 is no longer allowed access to this event, VIP or general guests, due to city restrictions
-Orbotix will be giving away 15 of their Sphero’s…these things are awesome!
-The car/fashion show portion of the event has been canceled, no more parking lot.
-Gaems will be displaying their new g155 unit in the private play section of the event
-Performances by Hiphop Gamer, Broken Pixel, Breakdown and DJ Sphero (With special guests from MTV’s ABDC and other musical acts)!

Please check the website for a full list of Events and Activities daily. I will also request that everyone please reconfirm via email that you will be either attending or declining this event so we can update the lists at the door
more to be announced.

*Not an official E3 Event

All Guests & Activities are subject to change without any prior notice

Buy pre-sale tickets now at


Wikipad nVidia party
Image courtesy Wikipad

Wikipad powered by NVIDIA launch party

Time: June 6th from 7-10 PM

Location: Elevate Lounge, 811 Wilshire Blvd. 21st floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Musical performance by Jennifer Ackerman. Press and show exhibitors are welcome.

RSVP to or


Mikro Odeme Presents: E3 Influencers Dinner

Where: Takami Sushi
811 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Time: 7-10PM

Information: Eventbrite

A gathering of key decision makers from the gaming industry’s elite organizations.
Hosted by Mikro Odeme, Turkey’s leader in payment solutions.
This event is SOLD OUT.[/box_light]


E3 2012 WIGI Party Poster
Image courtesy WIGI

The “Stache & Bash!” WIGI Party at E3

Time: 7:00pm until 12:00am
Location: Belasco Theater
1050 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Women in Games International E3 Party!
Join us at the fabulous 100 year-old, fully restored Belasco Theater just six blocks from the Convention Center.

Rage on the huge dance floor with three giant video screens displaying live visuals by Eye Vapor created with All-Star DJs and live circus acts!

Check out aerial performers, dancers, snake charmers, stilting, juggling and acrobats!

This is going to be one of the hottest events at E3 2012!
We’ll see you there!
21 and Over Only
Free with E3 pass! All others must RSVP here. (No RSVP required with E3 pass.)

To get to the Belasco Theater, just head down Figueroa toward the Staples Center and make a right on 11th Street. Head east until you get to Hill Street (five blocks) and you’re there!

Check out a high res version of our poster:


Hawken Haven E3 Party
Image courtesy CEG

The Hawken Haven 2nd Night Party with Black Book Magazine

Time: 9PM

Location: Luxe Hotel Lounge, 1020 South Figueroa Street

Second night party, featuring music & dancing & no giant mechs. We hope.


Source: PR Newswire (


Mega Ran/Dr. Awkward/Kirby’s Dream Band/Tanuki Suit Riot

Mega Ran / Dr. Awkward / Tanuki Suit Riot
Image courtesy The Central

Time: 7PM
Location: The Central, 1348 14th St, Santa Monica, CA
Phone: (310) 451-5040
Tickets: $8.00
Information: The Central / Facebook

Live sets by each of the musical acts, with DJ set in between.


IGDA and Intel AppUp Networking Party
Image courtesy IGDA

E3 Happy Hour – IGDA and Intel AppUp Networking Party

Time: 6PM-8PM
Location: Figueroa Hotel
939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015-1302

Information: Facebook

Thanks to Intel AppUp, we return to the Figueroa Hotel for a fun start to Wednesday evening of E3. Join us for networking, technical discussion and food & drink before heading to your next evening party.


Image courtesy Sugar DVD


Location: Nomad Bar inside Figueroa Hotel
939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Time: June 6, 2PM-7PM

Join SUGARDVD as they promote their unlimited streaming apps on PS3 and iPad. Free food, sugary treats, and autographs.


[box_dark]Thursday, June 7th[/box_dark]


Game Dev Drink Up 2012
Image via GameDevDrinkUp

Game Dev Drink Up Party at the Golden Gopher

Time: 6PM-9PM

Location: Golden Gopher Bar, 417 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

In LA for the E3 Expo next week? Come join us for E3 GameDevDrinkUp Party at the Golden Gopher on Thurs., 6/7 starting at 6 p.m, just a short walk from the LA convention center. We’ll be closing out the show with plenty of drinks, raffles and live chiptunes musicians!

Our sponsor will be providing the first 50 drinks for all the DrinkUps, so get there on time to get your first drink taken care of.

For the other chapters, SF and Dallas, they will follow their normal schedules and host their DrinkUps the following Thursday. LA will resume with their next DrinkUp the second Thursday in July.

Get more details here

When: Thurs., 6/7 from 6 – (approx.) 9 p.m. – includes happy hour pricing
Where: Golden Gopher 417 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
Contact: @JonathanHawkins

EVE Player Gathering
Image courtesy CCP

EVE Gathering – Los Angeles

Time: 9PM – 1:30AM
Location:  The Standard West Hollywood 
8300 Sunset Boulevard
Pool Deck
Hollywood, CA 90069

Information: Eventbrite

CCP Games is rounding out its trip to E3 by inviting up to 400 of its closest friends and spaceship pilots for free drinks in celebration of EVE Online and DUST 514.

Carouse with, high five and most-likely conspire against your fellow players in person as well as members of the combined EVE universe dev team: CCPers Hellmar, Unifex, t0rfifrans, Jian, Praetorian, CmdrWang, Pokethulhu, DarthBeta, Manifest, Tyr and more….

Musical accompaniment by Iceland’s best, DJ Margeir, who’s known in the EVE world for his DJ Symphony Orchestra at Fanfest 2009 and the Blue Lagoon parties of 2011 and 2012 and amidst the rest of the world by working with artists like Carl Cox, Daft Punk, Booka Shade and Trentemoller, Kraftwerk and Björk. Link:

  • You have to be 21 years or older to enter the party
  • Tickets are nontransferable
  • Bring your photo ID


Hawken Haven E3 Party
Image courtesy CEG

The Hawken Haven 3rd Night Party

Time: 9PM

Location: Luxe Hotel Lounge, 1020 South Figueroa Street

Second night party, featuring music & dancing & no giant mechs. We hope.


Source: PR Newswire (



Image courtesy Sugar DVD


Location: Nomad Bar inside Figueroa Hotel
939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Time: June 7, 2PM-7PM

Join SUGARDVD as they promote their unlimited streaming apps on PS3 and iPad. Free food, sugary treats, and autographs.


[box_dark]Friday, June 8th[/box_dark]


Child's Play Annual Golf Outing E3 2012
Image courtesy Child

The 2012 Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament

Course: Angeles National Golf Course, 9401 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland, CA.
Time: 8:45 AM Check-In, 10:30 AM Start
Date: Friday, June 8th, 2012
Format: Shotgun start with a four-person scramble. Team with the lowest round score wins!

Information: Child’s Play

Child’s Play is pleased to invite game industry members and fans alike to the second annual Child’s Play Invitational Golf Tournament! Since many of us will be in Los Angeles for E3, we figured the Friday after the show (June 8th, 2012) would be ideal for us to have some fun, eat some food and raise money for the cause. This year the tournament will be held at the gorgeous Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland, CA. All proceeds go to the partner hospitals & facilities in the Child’s Play network. Click here to purchase tickets.

For sponsorship opportunities or any questions, please email

With your entry fee, you’ll receive:
+ Greens Fees Covered
+ Power Cart Rental
+ Boxed Lunch
+ Beverages
+ An Awards Mixer / Reception Afterward!
+ Longest Drive, Closest to Pin and Putting Contests
+ Free Gift Bags for all Participants/Donors.

Friday, June 8th Schedule:
8:45 AM: Check-In, Driving Range
10:30 AM: Shotgun start / Tournament begins!
3:30 PM: Post Golf Awards Mixer / Reception![/box_light]

[box_light]PAST EVENTS[/box_light]

[box_dark]Saturday, June 2nd[/box_dark]


GR2 Game Over – Video Game Culture Art Exhibition
Image courtesy GiantRobot

Game Over: Video Game Culture Art Exhibition

Date: June 2 (exhibition lasts until June 27, 2012)
Opening reception:
Saturday June 2th 2012, 6:30-10pm

GR2 – 2062 Sawtelle Blvd LA, CA 90025

Information: GiantRobot

Artists include:

Aaron Brown, Albert Reyes, Alex Chiu, Ana Serrano, Andrice Arp, Aska Iida, Bradford Lynn, Brian Luong, Bryan Wong, Bubi Au Yeung, Cam Floyd, Carlos Donjuan, Christopher Chan, Cory Schmitz, David Horvath, Devin McGrath, Elizabeth Ito, Elliot Brown, Eric Broers, Erin Althea, Gabe Gonzales, Gary Musgrave, Grant Reynolds, Heidi Woan, James Chong, James Kochalka, Jarrett Quon, Jay Horinouchi, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah La Torre, Jeremy Tinder, Jeremyville, Jeromy Velasco, Jesse Balmer, Jesse Fillingham, Jesse LeDoux, Jesse Moynihan, Jesse Reklaw, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, John Lau, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kio Griffith, Kwanchai Moriya, Lawrence Yang, Linda Kim, Louise Chen, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Maiko Kanno, Mare Odomo, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Martin Hsu, Matt Furie, Meatbun, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Patrick Kyle, Peter Kato, Philip Koscak, Renee French, Sana Park, Sara Saedi, Sarah Lee, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Shiho Nakaza, Shihori Nakayama, Sidney Pink, Silvio Porretta, Stasia Burrington, Stephanie Kubo, Theo Ellsworth, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yumi Sakugawa and more.

Also there will be playable indie games including the works of programmers Beau Blythe and Shelby Cinca who are creating a game with Sean Chao and Jeni Yang. It’ll be a welcome back to ArtxGames series.

[box_dark]Sunday, June 3rd[/box_dark]


Polygon's Pre-E3 Party
Image courtesy Polygon

Polygon on The Verge

Information: Polygon

Time: 7PM-11PM

Location: Broadway Bar, 830 South Broadway

Join the crew at Polygon as they celebrate their first E3 as a team, united like Voltron! It’s sponsored by Snapdragon by Qualcomm, and Verizon will be providing giveaways. Make sure you’re a reader, though, and not just coming for the drinks and the great music by DJ Trent. The entire Polygon team will be there to chat with and enjoy the Sunday night.


[box_dark]Monday, June 4th[/box_dark]


WIGI Mixer
Image courtesy WIGI

E3 Edition Los Angeles WAM

Time: 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Location: Busby’s Restaurant Bar
3110 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Get ready for E3 and learn all about the hip happenings and exciting events! join us at Busby’s in Santa Monica for our monthly game industry networking event—this time during E3 week! Appetizers and drink tickets sponsored by Miller Barondess![/box_light]

[box_dark]Tuesday, June 5th[/box_dark]


Kongregate Kocktail Party


Sorry, this event is sold out and at capacity. No further admission is available.


Future Publishing E3 Party
Image courtesy Ubisoft

Future Publishing’s Annual E3 Happy Hour

In partnership with Gamefly

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Katsuya at LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd.
Suite A175,
Los Angeles, California


TwitchTV presents the Frag Dolls Far Cry 3 E3 Party
This event is invite only. Image courtesy Gree.

TwitchTV Presents the Frag Dolls Far Cry 3 E3 Party

brought to you by The Game Station & Samsung

Time: 9PM-2AM

Location: The Belasco Theater
1050 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, 90015

Information: FragDolls

Have questions or need specific information? Check out the official Eventbrite page! CLICK HERE

That’s right, big names, big partners, and an enormous party that will be the most talked about place to be at E3. Our party will have over a thousand guests attending, so you can bet that this is guaranteed the be THE best bumping club party of E3.

Invite Only, VIP Open bar[/box_light]


Gree E3 Party
Image courtesy CEG

Gree3 Invitation Only Party

Featuring music by Girl Talk

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Club Nokia at L.A. Live
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite A335
Los Angeles, California 90015

Information: Gree3 Event Website


Hawken Haven E3 Party[/caption]

The Hawken Haven Kickoff Party with Machinima

Time: 9PM

Location: Luxe Hotel Lounge, 1020 South Figueroa Street



Source: PR Newswire (



An invitation-only event that organizes product introductions, sneak previews and hands-on product demonstrations for journalists, bloggers, financial and industry analysts, and invited industry guests.

Location: Icon LA Restaurant
1248 S. Figueroa St.
(across the street from the Los Angeles Convention Center)
Los Angeles, CA.

Time: 6 to 8 p.m.

Information: Showstoppers[/box_light]