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Join us for an exclusive look at the growing interactive entertainment industry in Louisiana. Officially named Game Fête, the daylong event will attract game professionals from across the country to showcase our growing cluster, participate in industry focused panels and provide an entertaining atmosphere for networking.


Over the past four years, the New Orleans region has developed the fastest growing interactive gaming cluster in the South. Gameloft, High Voltage Software, Electronic Arts and inXile Entertainment have all opened studios in the New Orleans area. Another industry player, TurboSquid, was founded in New Orleans and has built the largest 3D marketplace for the interactive games industry. These studios are creating original content across all platforms –mobile, PC, console and VR.


Wednesday, May 2

5:30pm : Reception party at the Q&C Hotel

7pm-10pm : Opening night party at Tigermen Den in Bywater neighborhood (Bus will depart from the Q&C Hotel at 6:30pm)

Thursday, May 3

8:30am : Bus Pick-up at Q&C Hotel Lobby

9:00am : Morning session at the Contemporary Arts Center Warehouse (Bus departs at 8:45am)

Noon : Lunch at Oak Wine Bar

2:00pm : Tour of inXile Entertainment Studio

2:30pm : Bus departs for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

3:00pm : Enjoy VIP access at the festival!

Game Fête Headquarters

Old 77 Hotel

Jazz Fest Fairgrounds

High Voltage Software


Turbo Squid




Favorite Food & Where to Find it: Cochon ( get the Oyster and Bacon sandwich)

Restaurant: Domilisie’s Po-Boy Shop

Brunch Spot: Café Atchafalaya

Jazz Fest Food: Cochon De Lait Po-Boy

Music Club: Maple Leaf

Local Musical Act: Alex McMurray

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans:
Walking (and drinking) around Royal Street in the FQ

Spot for a Drink in the FQ: Cosimos

Other Advice for Visitors:
Take a streetcar ride / Go to Frenchman street for music / Hang out in the neighborhood after Jazz Fest ends for more brass bands and music


Restaurant: Café DuMonde for Beignets

Brunch Spot: Ruby Slipper

Jazz Fest Food: Never been

Music Club: Houston’s has free live jazz every night

Local Musical Act: Lil Wayne

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans: Enjoying City Park

Spot for a Drink in the FQ: I’m not 21 yet!

Other Advice for Visitors:
The World War II Museum is unbelievable. It is a hidden gem that most visitors don’t think about when they come to New Orleans


Favorite Food & Where to Find it: Shrimp Po-Boy at Domilisie’s

Restaurant: Ye Olde College Inn

Brunch Spot: Patois

Jazz Fest Food: Pheasant, Quail and Andouille Gumbo

Music Club: Chickie Wah Wah

Local Musical Act: Rebirth Brass Band

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans:
Hanging out in Audubon Park under the oak trees

Spot for a Drink in the FQ: Pat O’Brien’s

Other Advice for Visitors:
Take a walk along Crescent Park in Bywater neighborhood and stop at Euclid Records


Restaurant: Jacques Imo’s Cafe

Brunch Spot: Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar

Jazz Fest Food: Cochon De Lait Poboy

Music Club: House of Blues French Quarter

Local Musical Act: Jon Batiste

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans:
New Orleans City Park with my pooches!

Spot for a Drink in the FQ: Napoleon House / Sylvain / Three Muses

Other Advice for Visitors:
Storyland at City park is great for families! As is Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium!


Favorite Food and Where to Find it:
Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake – Jaques-Imo’s

Restaurant: Sylvain (make sure to get a spot in the court yard)

Brunch Spot: Elizabeth’s

Jazz Fest Food: Crawfish Monica

Music Club: d.b.a.

Local Musical Act: Brass-a- Holics

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans:
Getting lost in the Garden District taking in the sights

Spot for a Drink in the FQ: Molly’s at the Market

Other Advice for Visitors:
If you find your way to Frenchman Street, make sure to stop by the Frenchman Street Night Flea Market. Its open till 1:00am. For a great view of the city skyline stop by the Pontchartrain Hotel’s Hot Tin rooftop bar. If you’re in the mood for a nice glass of wine and outdoor seating, stop by Bacchanal Wine in the Bywater Neighborhood.


Restaurant: Gene’s Po-Boys

Brunch Spot: Willa Jean

Jazz Fest Food: Crawfish beignets or Poulet Fricassee with Jama Jama and fried plantains

Music Club: Hustle Every Saturday w/ DJ Soul Sister | The Hi Ho Lounge

Local Musical Act: Tank and the Bangas

Way to Spend an Afternoon in New Orleans:
Pool and Bar at the Country Club in the Bywater

Spot for a Drink in the Bywater: Oxalis

Other Advice for Visitors:
Check out the Indywood, the cool, quirky art-house cinema on Elysian Fields Avenue and Marigny Opera House arts and performance venue