1 Million Xbox Gamertags Freed Up

23rd May 2016 17:09 | News

1 Million Xbox Gamertags Freed Up

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
  • Animals
  • 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.


Published 23rd May 2016 17:09 in News


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