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Free StarCraft II Name Changes

The StarCraft II Website announces that in conjunction with their new BattleTag system, Blizzard is offering free name changes in the real-time strategy sequel:

With the introduction of the BattleTag system, we’re in the process of evaluating how they might be integrated into StarCraft II, and how they may impact character names in the future. Instead of making everyone wait until we know how that integration could affect a name change system, we’ve decided to provide an additional free character name change for StarCraft II players eager to pick something else. We appreciate everyone’s continued patience and look forward to sharing more information on the future of the StarCraft II service as it becomes available.

If you'd like to change your character name, log in to Account Management and choose your StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty game license. On your game license screen a "Character Name Change" button at the bottom will initiate the request. 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.

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13. Re: Free StarCraft II Name Changes Feb 17, 2012, 17:27 m00t
 
The process is 100% automatic, no human interaction involved on the part of Blizzard. The only cost to them above and beyond the battle.net service hardware itself (which they need anyway) is bandwidth and electricity used to transmit and handle the name change request. So thousandths of a cent. Given that they pay for that simply by having the service operational and don't charge people to use battle.net, the cost to Blizzard is not the motive for charging.

The reason they charge (aside from pure profit) is to discourage people from changing names every time they troll someone. Basically a fee on avoiding a bad reputation. Unfortunately it affects everyone who is bored of their nickname as well.
 
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