Harvard Law student Oliver Day put forward an interesting reason for the recent change on battle.net requiring you to use your real first and last name (Real ID) when posting to the Battle.Net message boards.

I’m going to make the suggestion that South Korea’s Real Name System. In 2009 South Korea’s government created a law that was meant to curb online defamation by insisting that all users who comment on sites with greater than 100,000 users per day must use their real name. The first US company to feel the effects of this law was Google. South Korea insisted the Youtube comments require all users to post with their real first and last name. Google got around this law by forbidding anyone with a South Korean IP address from posting to Youtube. Recently South Korea backed down and exempted Youtube from the Real Name system.

That actually makes a lot of sense. Let’s face it, StarCraft is the unofficial sport of Korea. While Google had enough world wide audience to block Koreans from posting, it would be financial suicide to block Koreans from StarCraft. I can see this being good business sense from their point of view, but would it be too much to ask for separate message boards for Korea so the rest of the world doesn’t have to suffer?

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