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Blizzard reverses 'real-name' policy

Blizzard caused a storm this week when it decided that posters on the World of Warcraft would have to post under their real names, as part of its realID system.

The forums were then bombarded with complaints, so much so in fact that Blizzard has relented and reversed the policy.

In a post on the WoW forum, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime confesses: We've been constantly monitoring the feedback you've given us, as well as internally discussing your concerns about the use of real names on our forums. 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."

Blizzard says however that 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 a great place for players to stay connected to real-life friends and family while playing Blizzard games."