Blizzard adds opt-out option to Real ID system

Friday, 1st October 2010 21:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Blizzard has added an opt-out option to the Real ID system being implemented with World of Warcraft and StarCraft II and likely Diablo III.

According to an official post over on the World of Warcraft forums, Real ID can be disabled, and only the character level of friends and players will be listed.

There will also be two options for users of the Real ID system, which is explained below:

We’d like to make you aware of the new Real ID-related privacy options we’ve introduced to These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID “Friends of Friends” and “Add Facebook Friends” features or to turn off Real ID altogether.

Real ID offers an optional, convenient way for keeping in touch with real-world friends you know and trust, whether they’re playing World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, or one of our future games. The “Friends of Friends” and “Add Facebook Friends” features provide you with even more options to stay connected while you play by making it easier for real-life friends to locate each other on

Users who wish to change privacy setting in their account can do so through the communications preference section of



  1. LordCancer

    I don’t like being connected to people all the time. Mother fuckers don’t be needing to know my personal business!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    Really there is just no need. Users don’t want it. The games don’t need it. But Blizz has to do it because they signed agreements to do so. So they will have to keep repackaging the thing till it either soothes and relaxes their user base or people forget about it and move on.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    “Really there is just no need. Users don’t want it. The games don’t need it.”

    I use it extensively. I have friends and family that play but are on completely different servers, factions, and game. Don’t assume you know the whole. And as the Article states if you don’t like it turn it off completely. Really should have been an option in the first place.

    #3 4 years ago

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