March 1st 2011 7:23 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Gamertags go zombie and rise from the dead


Starting today, we have begun the process of making previously used and unavailable (dead) Xbox LIVE Gamertags available. This process will take some time to complete, and no we can’t tell you when the Gamertag you want might be available. If you are interested, you should check back regularly as we are reviving Gamertags daily.

Sign into Xbox LIVE and go to the My Xbox channel, then select Change Gamertag. From here you can either choose from the random name generator, or you can enter a specific Gamertag to see if it’s available.


Changing your Gamertag does not affect your Gamerscore, Achievements, or your friends list.


Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • aG Ratchet

    The one I want is saying it’s taken, but when I add them as a friend it says they don’t exist.

  • DL CyberSkull

    Damnit, the one I want is actually being used.

  • aG Ratchet

    Nevermind. I got Ratchet! WooooooooooooooT! Thanks Major Nelson!

  • Goodeye84

    Ya the one I want is taken as well. It hasn’t been used in forever, and I added it as a friend, and it still seems they haven’t deleted it or whatever. I wish we could get some sort of news on this. I know it’s in the podcast this weekend. However this was announced days ago. It kinda sucks having to wait close to a week to know anymore on how this is going to work.

  • umainbearman

    Would kind of like to get my original xbl gamertag back from the original xbox. Unfortunately xbl says its still in use, which it isn’t. However I wouldn’t pay 800msp just to get the “e” added back into my gt after the “main” in my currant gt.

  • staxiic

    I really want one. I have one in mind but its still not “revived” :(

  • teH B4Tm4n

    how about the spaced gamertag glitch? are you guys gonna do anything about it?

  • Goodeye84

    @teH B4Tm4n ?

    What? Cause someone uses spaces? How is that a glitch?

  • A7X Gumdrop

    aww the gamertag I wanted is still dead :(

  • Popcornography

    The GT I want to change mine to just stopped showing up on my friends list like 10 minutes ago and but it won’t let me change my current one to it yet, how long does it usually take for a dead account to be able to be used again..?

  • Makusensu

    Since the 360 was launched, MS changed the GT system. Now you can’t have the same GT with spaces as another guy. For exemple someone is called “Playstation” on Live, you can’t take “Play station”.
    And, I have this problem, can’t get back my old GT :(

  • teH B4Tm4n

    yeah now people are selling the rare gt’s for alot of money

  • FFNiXX

    This is amazing news. Gonna be paranoid someone will steal my dream GT though.