NEWS - Monday, May 16, 2016

Microsoft Announces Nearly 1 Million Gamertags Being Released

So, have you ever wanted a specific gamertag for your Xbox Live Account but you couldn’t get the one you wanted as it wasn’t available for some reason.  Well, Microsoft has announced that nearly 1 million gamertags are being put back into circulation.

Starting on Wednesday, May 18th @ 11:00AM PST, Microsoft will begin releasing all of these Gamertags. If you are an Xbox Live Gold customer with an active subscriptions and at least 1 year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure you get a chance at one of these Gamertags.  They will be released over a 24-hour period, to give every fan in various countries an equal chance to get one.

These Gamertags are from the original Xbox era, the same source of Gamertags we used in our 2011 release.  These accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result they have been inactive for quite some time.

While it may be challenging to find the exact Gamertag you want, Microsoft says to keep trying, as there are many great Gamertags that will be released.  Although they can’t share the actual list, they can tell you that many of the available Gamertags are in the following categories:

  • Proper Names
  • Pop culture references (Entertainment, sports, gaming)
  • Types of Food
  • Geography and Travel
  • Science and Technology
  • Math and Numbers
  • Animals
  • Some of the greatest inventions of all time

Access to these newly-released Gamertags will be available on, which is the most convenient way to make a Gamertag change.  Customers can also access these Gamertags within the Xbox App on Windows 10 and on the Xbox One console.  Xbox 360 customers will need to use, the Xbox App on Windows 10, or an Xbox One console to participate given that access to these newly-released Gamertags is not available from an Xbox 360 console.

Source: Xbox News Wire


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