Nearly 1 million old Xbox gamertags were made available last Wednesday, 18th May. At 11 AM PST / 2 PM EST, Microsoft started to free up the gamertags. They are available to any Xbox Live Gold member who has accrued a year's worth of Gold status since 2002.
These gamertags come from original Xbox accounts that were later abandoned.
Microsoft did not release all of the gamertags at once, but instead over a period of 24 hours. This was done "to give our fans in various countries an equal chance to get one."
You can check if a gamertag is available at GamerTag.net, a service run by MLW Games.
Microsoft is not going to publish the list of gamertags, but the company says there will be "many great" ones available in categories including:
- Proper names
- Pop-culture references
- Types of food
- Geography and travel
- Science and technology
- Math and numbers
- Some of the greatest inventions of all time
Users on Reddit were showing off some of the sweet xbox gamertags here: reddit.com/r/xboxone.