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Play NBA 2K11 online for FREE!

That’s right, for FREE.

You don’t need a console, and you don’t need a TV. All you need is a reliable internet connection. How is this possible you ask?


This website represents the first steps towards a revolution in gaming. Cloud gaming. Essentially allowing you to use the computing power of Onlive’s servers to play the games they have to offer. There is no need for a graphics card or a high performance desktop. I tested the service out this weekend and it was an absolute blast. Playing as Michael Jordan in his prime against the championship Laker team was a dream come true.

The way Onlive works is you download a desktop app that connects you to the Onlive server. The game is streamed to you via the internet. What really surprised me was the lack of lag time between inputing your commands and seeing the action take place on the screen. The response time was like playing a game installed on your computer. I have no idea how they were able to accomplish this, but I ain’t complaining.

All the games can be played for free, but only as a 30 minute demo. However, you can play the demo as many times as you’d like. 30 minutes was almost enough time for a full length basketball game in NBA 2K11. If you really like the game, you can purchase a playpass which will allow you to play the game for 3 or 5 days at a time. If you REALLY like the game, you can purchase the game in full for much less than retail price at a gaming store.

Besides NBA 2K11, Onlive also offers dozens of other top titles including Batman: Arkam Asylum, Assassin’s Creed, Unreal, and many others. You can watch highlight videos posted by other players, and spectate on other players. There are also many more titles coming to Onlive so better join now and grab a snazzy username!

Here is a video of the Onlive intro and interface:

Video of actual game play:

  1. December 13, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    i am new

  2. Jordyn
    January 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    this is the best game ! i love it !

    • January 31, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      And it’s awesome that you can play for free!

    • julzkieboy
      August 30, 2011 at 1:10 am

      dats truee,.i remember and as a legemd iluv mj,.,

  3. April 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    let me play 2k11 online now

  4. Bob
    April 3, 2011 at 7:49 am

    How do you get it to work?

    • April 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

      You have to download the onlive launcher and then create an account. That’ll let you connect to the server and play the game.

      • donta
        May 13, 2011 at 9:29 pm

        do you really need internet connection to play,cause i dont think i have internet connection where i live

      • May 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

        Yea you do need a high speed internet connection. It streams the game to your screen. Otherwise you’d have to download the entire game!

  5. Bob
    April 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Ok thanks

  6. April 29, 2011 at 2:45 am

    ,,nba 2k11 is a very beautiful games

  7. Desire
    May 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    how to download???

    • May 1, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      Check the website, it should have a link to download.

  8. donta
    May 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    i havent played yet and i know it gone be awsome!

  9. June 5, 2011 at 1:37 am

    what is the cdkey of this game?

    • June 6, 2011 at 9:09 am

      There is no cdkey, this is played on Onlive, so there is no download or install.

  10. dan
    June 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    this is cheap

  11. June 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    oh man this website smacking bra i gotta get on

  12. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

    anyone who’s online now ill ask you where is the link or button to go to the game?

    • June 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

      You have to go to onlive.com and download the client, then after you launch it you can start playing. Just make sure your internet connection is good. It should be a cable connection and not wifi, but a solid wifi will allow you to play.

  13. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

    how to download the client

  14. June 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    You just sign up for a membership (which is free), and start playing. Remember that only the trial is free so you can play up to 30 minutes at a time. If you want the full game then you’ll have to buy it.

  15. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    how to download the client
    i cant sign in if i sign in it would load the login part again

  16. June 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Hmm… that I don’t know. As long as you can sign in you should be able to download the client. Maybe try a different browser?

  17. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    hello andy huang can you reply?

  18. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 10:02 am


  19. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

    whats your browser?

  20. June 14, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I use chrome. If you go to onlive.com, you can sign up for an account at the top right corner. As soon as you enter your name and choose a gamer tag, you will be directed to a page where you can download the onlive client. Once you have the client you should be able to start playing.

  21. Jaime
    June 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    does it only work in america?
    im in phils

  22. June 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    That I’m not sure. It might depend on your internet connection. But please let me know if it works or not in Phils.

  23. June 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    hi pless gib me nba 2k11 free download

    • June 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

      If you read the post, you have to download Onlive in order to play nba 2k11.

  24. June 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Jaime :does it only work in america?im in phils

    where? ‘cuz I’m in the philippines and it’s working for me.

  25. June 26, 2011 at 3:08 am

    where to get free crack for online gaming?

  26. zaheer
    June 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    how can i download the onlive thing?i don’t see a download link here

  27. Jessica
    July 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Can I use somebodies account who bought the game? Anybody?

  28. yunggg
    July 16, 2011 at 1:06 am

    um i hope this isnt a virus scam thing.

  29. yunggg
    July 17, 2011 at 12:53 am

    ok good. i downloaded it..and its pretty good. except i only get 15 min. of a trial for NBA 2k10 and NBA 2k11…but its still a good program, i just gotta figure out how to use a controller with it lol..

    • July 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

      Oh did it get reduced? 30 minutes was almost enough for 1 full game. I think perhaps they realized that people were okay with that and weren’t willing to pay. I think you can use a controller if you get the onlive console box. But that’s a more expensive option compared to free.

      • yunggg
        July 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

        yea it got reduced i guess. but its still a good program nevertheless.

  30. Jorge
    August 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    will this slow down my computer?

    • August 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      The client itself shouldn’t. You don’t have to run it when you’re not playing. However, if you don’t have a decently fast computer the games won’t run very well.

  31. Zvezdoros
    September 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    My first post! 🙂

  32. angelo
    October 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    andi icant play what can i do to play it

    • October 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      If you are outside the U.S. you might not be able to play. Sorry.

  33. ty
    November 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    try to play 2k11

    • christian
      November 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      andy only can play is on the U.S. how about in phil>?

      • December 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

        That I’m not so sure about. I believe onlive’s servers are here in the U.S., so there could be latency issues for people playing from abroad. But I think you can only sign onto onlive if you live in the U.S. Is that true?

  34. christian
    November 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    when i buy a full nba 2k11 it can works in the philippines?

    • Andy Huang
      May 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      you born in the philippines??? cuz i born there too

      • May 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm

        I was not born in the Philippines but I lived there for 3 years. I’m actually Chinese but moved there from NYC for the living abroad experience.

  35. christian
    November 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    it’s not working but i download it

  36. LOL
    April 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

    What is The UDP Traffic ??!?!

    • April 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I can’t answer that. I wouldn’t know at this point.

  37. Andy Huang
    May 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    how do i play?

    • May 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      You can download the Onlive client for free and use it. However you do have to be in the U.S. to play.

  38. June 15, 2012 at 1:41 am

    donta :
    i havent played yet and i know it gone be awsome!

    • June 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Well if you get a chance you can play NBA 2k12. It’s an awesome game as well.

  39. bernard
    September 2, 2012 at 3:04 am

    how can i play this game..? plss reply ASAP..

    • September 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Haha, this game is already old! Play the new version NBA 2k12. 2K13 will probably be out soon too.

  40. January 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    varejao is out for 6 weeks why thanks cameron

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