Blizzard backtracks from real name policy

Blizzard’s plan to implement a real name policy on their forums? Not happening.

After what must have been a few days of little sleep, the StarCraft and WoW developer has had a change of heart and announced today that real names will indeed not be a requirement to post on the forums.

Not “at this time,” at least.

That’s not to say the studio won’t stay committed to finding ways to lessen the amount of spam, abuse, and good old fashioned rudeness however: “Our efforts are driven 100% by the desire to find ways to make our community areas more welcoming for players and encourage more constructive conversations about our games,” CEO Mike Morhaime writes in the post which announced the news.

“We will still move forward with new forum features such as the ability to rate posts up or down, post highlighting based on rating, improved search functionality, and more.”

“However, when we launch the new StarCraft II forums that include these new features, you will be posting by your StarCraft II character name + character code, not your real name. The upgraded World of Warcraft forums with these new features will launch close to the release of Cataclysm, and also will not require your real name.”

That’s settled then.