Earlier this week, Blizzard announced they would be changing their forums to display people’s actual names instead of their avatar handle when posting. After a huge backlash from their fans and the gaming community, it appears the popular PC game company has changed its stance on the issue and will not be making this modification to the forums after all.
I for one never had a problem with the change, as I think using a person’s real name makes them more accountable for the crap that comes out of their mouth. Unfortunately I’m in the vocal minority, meaning things will go back to the status quo as the majority demands it. For more information regarding why Blizzard changed their minds, hit the jump.
Blizzard staffer Nethaera, on behalf of Blizzard CEO and president Mike Morhaime, had the following to say on the issue:
“I’d like to take some time to speak with all of you regarding our desire to make the Blizzard forums a better place for players to discuss our games. 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.”
The fact that the Blizzard CEO got involved proves this was an issue the company took very seriously. While I’m disappointed that they changed their stance, it is always nice to see the voice of the community being heard and understood by a big developer.
Maybe one day the gaming community will be ready and mature enough to use their actual names when talking online, but that day is not today.