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10 Jul 2010

Blizzard Cancels the New ID Policy

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Blizzard canceled their recent announcement about the new battle.net forum policy after the massive complaints right after the announcement. Many players are unhappy with the

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fact that they have to use their real names to post and reply to forum messages. The move was initially made to resolve misuse of the official forums. The effects on players was huge given anonymity is the essence of internet communities which was totally removed by Blizzards new policy.

Although a smaller number of gamers support the real ID idea, the majority are no happy. Thus, in order to keep the peace, Blizzard backs away from imposing the policy. As quoted from Mike Morhaime (Blizzard’s CEO), “…we’ve decided at this time that real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums.”

Here’s a snippet from Mike Morhaime’s statement regarding the new real ID policy:

“….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….”

To view the full statement, visit the World of Warcraft forums here.

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