"That gamertag is taken. Please try another."
We've all been there, right? And some of us have ended up with strange text-speak versions of our intended tags, whilst others (like me) have had to just make up something that sounds
like a word.
Well, there's a chance your original intended name might be back up for grabs. On May 18th, Microsoft will be making just under one million old gamertags available for re-use
These tags were used during the original Xbox era, and never migrated to the 360 – they've been gathering dust ever since.
For obvious reasons, like breaking the Internet, Microsoft aren't sharing the names publicly. But they've given a tantalising flavour of the kind of things we can expect: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
The new gamertags will be released over a 24-hour period on May 18th. Note that you will have to be an active Xbox Live Gold subscriber and need to have reached a cumulative one year tenure on Gold so far in order to make use of them.
If you are on 360, you will need to use the 'Change gamertag' page on Xbox.com
, the Xbox app on Windows 10, or an Xbox One to access these new releases. They will not be available via the 360 console.
As some of you may already know, changing your gamertag will not impact your Gamerscore, Achievements or Friends List.
I was going to finish this post with a joke about the name I personally hope is made available, but... what if it is
I don't trust you guys at all.