Xbox gamertag

Xbox releases nearly one million Gamertags

Xbox is to release a nearly one million previously unavailable Gamertags to online players this week.

The tags, which are aliases that gamers use online, are from the original Xbox era, but these accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result have been inactive for some time.

Specific Gamertags are highly sought-after, and while Xbox declined to reveal which ones will be made available, the company did say that many 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


Xbox will hand the Gamertags to Xbox Live Gold customers with active subscriptions and at least one year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure. The release will begin at 7pm (GMT) on Wednesday, May 18. The Gamertags will be released over a 24-hour period, so fans in various countries have equal chances to get one.

Access to the newly-released Gamertags will be available on, within the Xbox App on Windows 10 and on the Xbox One console.  Xbox 360 customers will need to use, the Xbox App on Windows 10 or an Xbox One console to participate. To change your Gamertag on the web, please visit

To determine the tenure of your Xbox Live Gold account, view your Profile on an Xbox One console or on the Xbox App on Windows 10.

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