Community Days (also known as Community Events or Conferences) are events held by EA Sports, usually at their studios in Burnaby, British Columbia. Community and video game sites such as the NLSC are invited to take part in the events, with the representatives being flown in and given a chance to road test an early build of the game as well as interview the producers and view presentations about the game's new features. Away from the studios, the events are somewhat of a social occasion and often include other activities such as a studio tour or in the case of the NBA Live 08 event, attending the 2007 NBA Draft.
EA holds Community Events for several of their titles, with the first NBA Live Community Event being held in 2004. The NLSC has had a presence at each of the events with community member and longtime contributor Shane Hefty representing the site as the first event and current webmaster Andrew Begley attending the event in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Pdub represented the NLSC at the first event for NBA Elite. Events usually run for at least a couple of days with the first night giving representatives a chance to meet and the second day consisting of the presentations and hands-on experience with the game.
NBA Live Community Days
The following games in the NBA Live series have been previewed at a Community Day during their production (the year and location follow in parentheses):
- NBA Live 2005 (2004; Vancouver)
- NBA Live 07 (2006; Vancouver)
- NBA Live 08 (2007; New York)
- NBA Live 09 (2008; Vancouver)
- NBA Elite 11 (2010; Vancouver)
A representative for the NLSC has attended each of the Community Days for NBA Live/Elite:
- 2004: Shane Hefty
- 2006: Andrew Begley
- 2007: Andrew Begley
- 2008: Andrew Begley
- 2010: Pdub