Last week, in a bid to remove “flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness” from username-based forums; Blizzard said “it would soon force all users to use their “Real ID” or “real name” for identification.” After facing outrage towards the decision, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime said that “we’ve decided at this time that real names willn’t be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.”
He says “the company will instead require users in upcoming StarCraft II forums to post by their StarCraft II Battle.net character name + character code, not your real name. And upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to release of Cataclysm, and also willn’t require your real name.”
He says “our plans for forums are completely separate from our plans for optional in-game Real ID system now live with World of Warcraft and launching soon with StarCraft II. We believe that 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,” Morhaime said.
“Over time, we’ll 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.”