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Blizzard Forums To Require Real Names After SC II Release
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 36 comments

In a recent forum post Blizzard Entertainment announced it will soon require forum posters to use their real names when participating in discussions. The change will come first to the StarCraft II forums upon the game's release on July 27, and will eventually be standard practice for the forums of the company's other games as well. Blizzard is making the change to remove "the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue" in an effort to encourage "a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they havenít been connected before."

The first and most significant change is that in the near future, anyone posting or replying to a post on official Blizzard forums will be doing so using their Real ID -- that is, their real-life first and last name -- with the option to also display the name of their primary in-game character alongside it. These changes will go into effect on all StarCraft II forums with the launch of the new community site prior to the July 27 release of the game, with the World of Warcraft site and forums following suit near the launch of Cataclysm. The classic Battle.net forums, including those for Diablo II and Warcraft III, will be moving to a new legacy forum section with the release of the StarCraft II community site and at that time will also transition to using Real ID for posting.

The official forums have always been a great place to discuss the latest info on our games, offer ideas and suggestions, and share experiences with other players -- however, the forums have also earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild. Removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they havenít been connected before. With this change, youíll see blue posters (i.e. Blizzard employees) posting by their real first and last names on our forums as well.

With the launch of the new Battle.net, itís important to us to create a new and different kind of online gaming environment -- one thatís highly social, and which provides an ideal place for gamers to form long-lasting, meaningful relationships. All of our design decisions surrounding Real ID -- including these forum changes -- have been made with this goal in mind.

Head over to the link below to read more about Blizzard's planned updates and changes to its official forums.

Blizzard Forums To Require Real Names
Blizzard Entertainment


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