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Submitted by Ashe Tyrael
Ashe Tyrael (697937) writes "Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that they were going to be implementing changes inthe World of Warcraft (and the Starcraft 2 forums when they were opened) that would require users to post under their real names, as part of the realID system. 14000 european and nearlky 50000 use forum posts later, the majority of which decried this move in various levels of vehemence, it looks like Blizzard gave in to pressure. From the official statement:

"We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

Not that this doesn't leave room to re-implement this at a later date, but that's a pretty definite no. it's clear that they were going to take a pasting, but the size of the response was impressive. It seems likely that Blizzard simply weren't expecting that level of antipathy towards their new baby.

From TFA:

Hello everyone,
I'd like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. As a result of those discussions, we've decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.

It's important to note that we still remain committed to improving our forums. Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games. We will still move forward with new forum features such as conversation threading, the ability to rate posts up or down, improved search functionality, and more. However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.

I want to make sure it's clear that our plans for the forums are completely separate from our plans for the optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that the powerful communications functionality enabled by Real ID, such as cross-game and cross-realm chat, make Battle.net a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games. And of course, you'll still be able to keep your relationships at the anonymous, character level if you so choose when you communicate with other players in game. Over time, we will continue to evolve Real ID on Battle.net to add new and exciting functionality within our games for players who decide to use the feature.

In closing, I want to point out that our connection with our community has always been and will always be extremely important to us. We strongly believe that Every Voice Matters (http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/company/about/mission.html), and we feel fortunate to have a community that cares so passionately about our games. We will always appreciate the feedback and support of our players, which has been a key to Blizzard's success from the beginning.

Mike Morhaime
CEO & Cofounder
Blizzard Entertainment
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Blizzard Backs Down On Forum Real Names

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  • I still say that real names on the WoW forums was a good idea, having an alias is an excuse to be an asshole and 90% of the WoW forums is just that, a collection of angry nerds treating new players like shit.

    Wow devs are people too, no one wants to read through that garbage day after day just to keep the forums somewhat decent, which to me they are the last place I would go for help since just about any question is going to get you ridiculed or ignored all together.

    The whole thing is ridiculous, if th

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