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StarCraft 2 Players Get 1 Free Name Change

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

StarCraft II gamers can now change their name once for free.

Tuesday Blizzard announced that all StarCraft II accounts were granted one free name change. The company originally said back in August 2010 that the feature was in the works--essentially a "fix" for players who chose character names that typically didn't represent their multiplayer aliases because they were unaware of how character names were used.

"It's important to us that everyone is represented by a name of their choosing in their multiplayer games, ladders, and on the forums and community site," the company said.

Nearly three months later, Blizzard has lived up to its promise. To take advantage of the free character name change, players simply log into Account Management via Battle.net and choose the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game license. However like World of Warcraft, StarCraft II players will need to pay a $10 fee to alter the name again.

"On your game license screen a 'Character Name Change' button at the bottom will initiate the request," the company said. "After confirming that you'd like to change your character name, simply log in to StarCraft II and you'll be prompted to select a new one. Please be sure to use this name change wisely."

The emphasis on the word "wisely" points to the company's StarCraft II Naming Policy Overview. Naturally players shouldn't choose a title considered inappropriate, especially those Blizzard would deem racial, ethnic, or of national origin, those containing obscene or vulgar language, or even those using actual names and aliases of Blizzard employees.

"One of the first decisions you will embark upon in StarCraft II will be that of choosing a name," the company states in the Policy Overview. "While your subsequent exploits should prove infinitely more exhilarating, great care should be given to name selection. The first impression other players have of you will be based on your name, so it's best to start off on the right foot."

So much for John_Longshlong.

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    JasonAkkerman , November 3, 2010 5:31 PM
    $10 to change a piece of text in a database? Way to nickle and dime your user base Blizzard.
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    HolyCrusader , November 3, 2010 5:55 PM
    I think the $10 name change fee is actually there as a limiter so people aren't using the service too often. That prevents people from changing their names on a regular basis, as some people will be total jerks one day, then change their name the next if they can get away with it.
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    aznguy0028 , November 3, 2010 5:48 PM
    SC2 should have a naming scheme like in Bad Company 2. One line for your clan name, and one line for your user name. The clan name can be changed whenever you want, but the user name is permanent. That way people who switch clans don't have to pay 10$ to change their names.
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    jomofro39 , November 3, 2010 5:23 PM
    YES! jmofro39 can RIP.
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    JasonAkkerman , November 3, 2010 5:31 PM
    $10 to change a piece of text in a database? Way to nickle and dime your user base Blizzard.
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    aznguy0028 , November 3, 2010 5:48 PM
    SC2 should have a naming scheme like in Bad Company 2. One line for your clan name, and one line for your user name. The clan name can be changed whenever you want, but the user name is permanent. That way people who switch clans don't have to pay 10$ to change their names.
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    IzzyCraft , November 3, 2010 5:51 PM
    Please, Sir, can I have some more?
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    HolyCrusader , November 3, 2010 5:55 PM
    I think the $10 name change fee is actually there as a limiter so people aren't using the service too often. That prevents people from changing their names on a regular basis, as some people will be total jerks one day, then change their name the next if they can get away with it.
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    vant , November 3, 2010 6:04 PM
    They charge $10 to prevent the resale of accounts.
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    Hothr , November 3, 2010 6:07 PM
    HolyCrusaderI think the $10 name change fee is actually there as a limiter so people aren't using the service too often. That prevents people from changing their names on a regular basis, as some people will be total jerks one day, then change their name the next if they can get away with it.

    Yes, it isn't about making money. Blizzard is simply giving you 10 reasons not to change your name.
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    TechnoBowl , November 3, 2010 6:09 PM
    Holy crap are you kidding me. What a load of junk, glad I'm not buying this game
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    fatalshot808 , November 3, 2010 6:44 PM
    My Username in Starcraft 2 is "test", I tried to make a single player profile not knowing it was going to be my username online too. This is nice of Blizzard to let you have one free change.
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    joytech22 , November 3, 2010 6:54 PM
    HolyCrusaderI think the $10 name change fee is actually there as a limiter so people aren't using the service too often. That prevents people from changing their names on a regular basis, as some people will be total jerks one day, then change their name the next if they can get away with it.


    Or they could let players change their name once every 30 days, this mostly solves that problem AND it's free.
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    hoof_hearted , November 3, 2010 7:05 PM
    I would love to reset my record and start in the 'practice league' again.
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    s4fun , November 3, 2010 7:17 PM
    Hackers, cheaters, scammers, don't need more ways to be anonymous. $10 fee is good way to control those a$$holes!
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    Travis Beane , November 3, 2010 7:25 PM
    I run by my name, but I didn't always.
    Changing aliases once n a while can be nice (especially when you've done something silly or regretful), but yes, it's certainly not to be abused.
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    itadakimasu , November 3, 2010 7:38 PM
    aznguy0028SC2 should have a naming scheme like in Bad Company 2. One line for your clan name, and one line for your user name. The clan name can be changed whenever you want, but the user name is permanent. That way people who switch clans don't have to pay 10$ to change their names.


    It helps prevent shady players who ruin the game for others and then leave and comeback w\ another name.

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    stevelord , November 3, 2010 7:46 PM
    Why are people whining about the fee? Guild Wars has charged people to change their avatar's name, hair style, gender, etc for years.

    Nothing new to see here folks. Shutup and move on.
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    booseek , November 3, 2010 8:16 PM
    aznguy0028SC2 should have a naming scheme like in Bad Company 2. One line for your clan name, and one line for your user name. The clan name can be changed whenever you want, but the user name is permanent. That way people who switch clans don't have to pay 10$ to change their names.


    While I'm sure profit is part of it, it is also a deterrent against those "shady" players that itadakimasu mentioned. If you cheat, badmouth, etc. and are caught, and your name goes out there, then many people will know about it. And if Blizzard wishes to fulfill their vision of StarCraft II as an e-sport, then one record, one permanent name, and one account makes sense to me.
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    tsnorquist , November 3, 2010 8:23 PM
    I can't imagine the effort involved in updating a name entry in a database or resetting it to default constitutes a $10.00 fee. However, it seems like more and more companies are starting to do this.

    I guess $10.00 is the new $1.00 nowdays =(
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    IM0001 , November 3, 2010 8:46 PM
    They could allow me to use whatever characters I want in my damn name. I hate it when you cannot use #'s for a name. :mad: 
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2010 9:14 PM
    you guys are raging over a name change, grow up people.
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    Benihana , November 3, 2010 10:04 PM
    Hell they'd charge $100 if they could, but people wouldn't buy into that idea much. $10 seems nice to most people, so it flies. I'm still a $0 person myself, so I'll live with my one name.
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