Hey Canadians and "Canadians," if you're itchin' to try out EA's brand new free to play NBA Live, NBA Live Mobile just soft launched in Canada. It seems like EA has re-tuned the game to give it the Madden NFL Mobile [Free] treatment as it seems to be monetized in largely the same way and has tons of emphasis on daily live events. We've heard that those live events are huge hits in Madden, with tons of people playing the game during real football games, so it makes a ton of sense that NBA Live would see the same kind of action when it comes to actual basketball games.


Assuming you're cool with the free to play shenanigans, NBA Live Mobile is a surprisingly full-featured basketball game with 5 on 5 games, full league support, and total team customization. Being a fully NBA licensed game, it's obviously got all the teams and players and everything else. No corners were cut in that department.

It's interesting to see how the series has evolved on mobile over the years. Anyone around in 2009 likely remembers what a big deal the original launch of NBA Live was, as it was a real basketball game that sold for the premium price of $9.99. Of course that version of the game is long gone, but on the up side, this free to play version will likely be supported infinitely better than the series' previous releases on mobile.


First impressions are rollin in on our forums, which so far are an unsurprising mix of taking minor issue with free to play elements while enjoying playing the actual game itself. As far as when the game will launch worldwide, Madden soft launched on August 8th of 2014, then was released worldwide on the 26th. So, keep your eyes peeled for the game popping up a couple weeks from now if that launch is any indication on how this one will be handled..

  • John Jacobs
  • curtneedsaride

    Thank God EA hasn't gotten their hands on MLB yet. I can at least play a licensed, premium baseball game on my phone. Well, that, and the licensed soccer game FIFA 14 that I'll never get rid of. I loathe these f2p micro versions of real games.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Have you tried Madden?

      • curtisrshideler

        I have tried Madden. It's somewhat entertaining, but it's too much for me. I just want to play against the computer in a simple career or exhibition game without needing cards, power ups, or navigating the many menus. It's definitely gotten better, but I miss the old school Madden and even Joe Montana Football 94, my blast from the past. I'd love to see EA resurrect a SNES Madden game like we've gotten with RBI Baseball.

      • Ciel Dhanda

        you should play nba 2k16

    • sivad

      This new version of madden is much better than the past... The ability to make coins is much easier and unless you are chasing sets of special cards you can easily create a team of your favorite players without spending a dime. The daily challenges are great.

      • sivad

        And believe me, I am a true hater of EA and some of their shenanigans with other beloved franchises, but madden is good.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I think they finally figured out if they wanted to retain players they had to make a game that was fun without demanding everyone empty their pockets before playing.

    • dudeguypal

      I hate free to play with a passion. But EA hit a homerun with Madden Mobile 16. It's super fun and I have. 99 team with awesome players without spending a dime. The made a system were you can spend money on packs of cards but it's totally no needed. I've seen people spend hundreds and have mediocre teams. If you can identify trends to take advantage of you can build beast teams.

  • islesfan

    I'll be sticking to NBA 2K16. Full game, no bs.

    • speedyph

      Yup smart man

  • _mean.13

    I don't like this. I don't like this one bit!! But I will be playing this a lot cuz I play madden mobile and love basketball but I just freaking hate EA man

  • Adollin

    Really hate what EA has done to my favorite sports games with the f2p model I just want to play the normal teams with authentic rosters and would be willing to pay for it.