Microsoft releasing recycled Xbox Gamertags on May 18th

Recycled Gamertag

Microsoft today announced that they are releasing nearly one million Gamertags from accounts abandoned from the original Xbox era. These accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result they have been inactive for quite some time. This will be available to Xbox Live Gold members with active subscriptions and at least 1 year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure starting on Wednesday, May 18th @2:00pm ET / 11:00AM PT.

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. Remember, changing your Gamertag won’t impact your Gamerscore, Achievements, or your Friends list.

Read more about it here.

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