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Blizzard Adds Opt-Out to Real ID System, Other Preferences

by Brian Leahy, Sep 30, 2010 11:40am PDT

Blizzard has added a full opt-out option to its Real ID program, which will span across all of its enabled games--currently World of Warcraft and StarCraft II, though Diablo III will surely support it as well.

Should players desire, the program can be fully disabled, allowing only character level listing of friends and players. Players that would like to keep using Real ID have two additional options at their disposal.

Players may opt-out of appearing of "Friends of Friends" lists, displaying their real name only to mutually accepted friends, but not that person's Real ID friends. Players may also disable the Facebook integration, which will automatically allow friends on Facebook to send you a Real ID request in-game.

Settings can be changed through the "Communication Preferences" page on Battle.net.