Blizzard announced on July 6 that anyone using their forums would have to use their Real ID, revealing their first and last name for everyone to see on the internet. To say this isn't sitting well with the Battle.net community is an understatement.
The initial forum thread that revealed this change has exploded to nearly 35,000 responses since its creation, with many users citing various privacy concerns ranging from stalking, phishing, job eligibility, and more. While Blizzard does point out that participating in forums is completely optional, this would mean anyone not doing so can't partake in important discussions such as tech support when they need help.
Blizzard's initial response on the matter doesn't offer much:
"[We] will be carefully monitoring how people are using the service ... Real ID is a new and different concept for Blizzard gamers -- and for us as well -- and our goal is to create a social gaming service that players want to use."
If the policy holds up, there's going to be masses of World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Starcraft players cancelling subscriptions and pre-orders in protest. All eyes are now on Blizzard to see what they do next.