Here it is in black and white — well, in blue on dark grey, anyway. Here’s the essential blahblah:
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.
So presumably the reaction was big enough to have an impact. Maybe the sub cancellations were big enough. We’ll probably never know, but hey, it’s a victory. RealID remains optional in the game stuff — which is fine. Options, as I have said here many a time, are A Good Thing. If people want to share their real identities with each other that’s their business and their prerogative; those who don’t want won’t have to.
Lest some frothloony supporter find this site and accuse me of being a troll-hag, I’d like to add: accountability is devoutly to be wish’d, especially on cesspool forums like the WoW ones. But when it comes at the price this would have, it’s pointless.
The cynical part of me wonders if this is just a public Friday backing-down so that they can slip something in under the radar in a few days, weeks or months. I guess we’ll see.
Many thanks to commenter RealNameForSure-Sev on the previous post for pointing this out to me.
EDIT — so I posted this an hour ago, but apparently I didn’t. My internet farted! Anyway, it’s here now or YOU wouldn’t be here, right?