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Rumour: Korean law influenced Blizzard's real names for users?
Posted: 08.07.2010 12:34 by Simon Priest Comments: 3
Under South Korean law any online community that has over 100k users per day must ensure its users go by their real names and not an alias.

Given the high popularity of StarCraft and World of Warcraft in Korea, did this law nudge Blizzard toward their own real names policy for Battle.net?

Oliver Day, a Harvard student and former online security consultant was the one to put forward this notion, reports Kotaku. Those laws were brought in to tackle negative community environments like 'trolling' from behind anonymity.

Blizz is using that as their reasoning behind forcing users who wish to post on their community forums to reveal their actual names. Many are against the idea but some are also for it. The problem lies of course in the stigma attached to MMO players.

Are you for or against this Real ID expansion by Blizzard? It will first affect StarCraft II's forums and then eventually World of Warcraft's when Cataclysm releases.

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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jul 11, 2010
herodotus
Blizz sure are cowtowing to the Sth Koreans. First free SCII MP, now this. We don't want it Blizz, so back off with imposing your fountain of wealth-based needs on the rest of us.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jul 09, 2010
FoolWolf
If SK is so important, give them one game and one forum, and the rest of us another. I will not use real-id, nor will I play anyone from SK should the rumors be true. Stupid Blizzard, you are losing the focus from one of the most anticipated games by becoming net-neutrality's enemy no. 1 in gamer and media eyes. Hope you are proud of this decision, your many customers have said there piece, now will you act and not only "listen"?
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jul 09, 2010
FoolWolf
Ahh, can relax now - Blizz has decided to not implement this. Good for them.