Microsoft would be freeing up almost 1 million old abandoned Xbox Live gamertags later today, May 18, at exactly 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. These gamertags are being freed up since they were lying unused for years on dormant accounts.
Anyone who has an active Xbox Live Gold membership for over an year since 2002 will be eligible to acquire one of the freed gamertags. The company will be releasing these gamertags in short bursts over a period of 24 hours. This is to ensure that Xbox owners all over the world gets a fair shot at acquiring one of the recently freed gamertags.
There are several ways to acquire one of these gamertags. You can get them through Xbox.com, by using the Xbox App on Windows 10 or directly via your Xbox One console. Xbox 360 owners won’t be able to access them via the console, however.
You need to visit this page on Xbox.com in order to acquire the gamertags. It is to be noted that any member can change their gamertags once for free but there will be a fee charged for any additional changes.
Microsoft has confirmed it’ll not be releasing a list with the freed up gamertag names but promised it’s going to feature great ones that includes:
- Proper names
- Pop-culture references (entertainment, sports, gaming)
- Types of food
- Geography and travel
- Science and technology
- Math and numbers
- Some of the greatest inventions of all time
Hope you manage to finally acquire the gamertag you’ve been wanting to use today. Good luck.