How awkward. I neglected to mention the legality issues of this new RealID plan, which obviously would play a part in this whole mess. Both Facebook and Google have been subjected to recent lawsuits for practices similar to what this would be. However, amidst the various inane theories being trotted around (RealID = Real ID, or What The Fuck Are You Smoking?!), I came across this.
As the article states, South Korea passed a law requiring anyone who posts on a forum viewed by more than 100,000 people per day to use their real name. Obviously, WoW qualifies as such. Given how huge of a market share South Korea is (and it’ll get even bigger when SC2 comes out), Blizzard would take a huge hit if they did not make this change.
Forced to choose between pissing off the majority of their fan base, or making it illegal for a large portion of it to play… who knows what Blizzard will decide. I sincerely hope they manage to work it out in a fashion that satisfies both parties, but this is a pickle.