Last week hundreds of thousands of World of Warcraft fans were in an uproar over the Blizzard Entertainment decision to show the real names of players in the official Battle.net Forums. This is an attempt to clean up some of the flame wars and trolling in the forums and give more accountability.
The issue of anonymous posting, internet usage, and gaming has burst into the limelight with outrage all around. Now throw in concerns about privacy, identity theft concerns, and losing a job over a WoW rant years ago that contains your real name.
Read the initial post here.
A shit-storm of rage ensued with claims that this was the stupidest thing that Blizzard has ever done and goodbyes as thousands promised they would never again use the forums.
Check out the below high definition video discussing the issue. The video is about 16 minutes long. Check it out below.
Video on Blizzard Battle.net Real ID Post:
Perhaps the most dangerous however is the call that it is finally time to give up on WoW and really and truly quit and stop paying your subscription fee. Go play Runes of Magic or one of the other Top 10 Free MMORPGs. Threats have a certain level of effect. But actions and lost dollars will change Blizzard’s mind every time.
Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Mike Morhaime released a statement stating just that. Blizzard will not force users to use their real name saying “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…..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.”
The posting name will be the Battle.net character name + character code.
Read the full letter here.