Is Korean Law The Influence For Blizzard's "Real Name" Policy?

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard's decision to force users to use their real names on the game's forum has some people in an uproar. Maybe those upset by the move should take it up with Korean lawmakers.

That's a theory put forward by Harvard student and former online security consultant Oliver Day, who points out on his site that recent Korean laws forcing websites with more than 100,000 users per day to make posters use their real name may be behind the change. These laws were enacted for much the same reason Blizzard is touting this decision: to cut down on trolling and other offensive conduct in the online space.

After all, Korea is one of Blizzard's biggest markets thanks to the runaway success of Starcraft (and Warcraft!), so if changes needed to be made to accommodate the Korean market, Blizzard would presumably have to play ball.

While it's an interesting theory, however, it's not official confirmation on the reasoning behind the move, so don't treat it as such. It's just a theory!

Is Korean Law Driving Policy at Blizzard? [Zeroday]


    Korea might be an important market, but it wouldn't be big enough to drive a decision like this. At the least they'd just make a korean only forum. If most people in a small country all play a game, that is still only a small % of the games overall players world wide ;)

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