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Foreword: My name is Jake "Sev" Ganz, the leader and manager of the growing team DeadMachine, working on sending some of my players to events like MLG Orlando, MLG Providence and other future competitive events. I, like many managers, want my players to be able to wear the clan's tag in order to represent the team, but like many other cases, many of my players do not have their free name change.
Being aware of World of Warcraft paid account name changes and the clantag support of, for example, Warcraft 3, one may wonder why Starcraft II does not support either one of these features. There's been a "COMING SOON" line for a second name change for over nine months now. With all of this in mind, I decided to inquire and call Blizzard's customer service myself.
After asking a few questions, I was informed that no support for paid name changes or clantag support is currently in the works. Contrary to the hopeful message in our Battle.net account profiles, it is not coming soon. I was also met with the revelation that this is because there are not enough people expressing a desire to make this happen. Finally, I was told that the World of Warcraft paid name change support came about from the community asking for it and showing a noticeable desire to have it done, and was given the suggestion to make a thread about it specifically in the Multiplayer and ESports forum, and get people to give their opinion on it.
What does this mean? We need to be more vocal about it. If you want Blizzard to add a feature allowing players to change their character name for the same cost as in WoW, post in this thread and tell us what you think! If you really want it, like this post. :)
Not only would this be far more convenient, but the economical difference it will would have for both the players and Blizzard itself would be a massive improvement over the current drag of having to pay for a new account entirely, which most people are not willing to do.
Voice enough of your opinions on this, and hopefully, we can persuade Blizzard to implement this even as soon as Patch 1.4!
edit: also for the record, the conversation was entirely over the phone. i apologize that i didn't think to record it. sorry!
edit #2: we're #1 on screddit! thanks to everyone who helped make this possible in promoting it, especially Desrow and Thundertoss. http://tinyurl.com/blizznamechange
edit #3: thanks Archerofaiur from the Team Liquid forums for making a poll. I think it's a pretty good indicator on how badly people want namechanges. as of this post, over 1200 votes for a yes in only one day! http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=265029
edit #4: http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/3123318915?page=66#1310 Another small update, Blizzard is now apparently going to add this eventually. Also, thanks to Xass from the EU server for making a European replica of this thread! http://eu.battle.net/sc2/en/forum/topic/2624978190
edit #5: Patch 1.4 out and still no official word from Blizzard.
Edited by DMsev on 9/20/2011 10:31 AM PDT
I like the idea. I havent changed my name, cuz i have been scared that i may end up with a decent clan and i will have a name change reserved for said clan.
At the moment i am in a clan, but i want the name change just in case i want to leave and join a new one.
+1 for Clan support -Crucial part in any 'E-sport' game
-1 for paid name changes- Blizzard already makes a killing off of WoW and let them continue it, but SC2 is a competitive game, and to pay for a name change mostly because people have had their Team's name in it is stupid, and can be changed with the clan support
lets make it happen!
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