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Microsoft Releasing Previously unavailable Gamertags | News

Ever want to change your gamertag to something but it was already taken by an inactive user? Now its your chance to claim it.
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"No other console gives you the ability to customize your virtual representation and make your experience more social with easy-to-change Gamertags.  Many of the best and most desirable Gamertags were unavailable…until now.  We’ve listened to your feedback and once again Team Xbox is excited to announce the release of a large number of previously-unavailable Gamertags!
Starting on Wednesday, May 18th @ 11:00AM PST, we will begin releasing nearly one million Gamertags to our valued Xbox Live Gold customers with active subscriptions and at least 1 year of cumulative Xbox Live Gold tenure.  These Gamertags will be released over a 24-hour period, to give our fans in various countries an equal chance to get one.
So, where did all these previously-unavailable Gamertags come from?  These Gamertags are from the original Xbox era, the same source of Gamertags we used in our 2011 release.  These accounts never migrated to Xbox 360 and as a result they have been inactive for quite some time.
While it may be challenging to find the exact Gamertag you want, keep trying, as there are many great Gamertags that will be released.  Although we can’t share the actual list..." - Will Tuttle via Xbox Wire

This is cool but honestly I didn't run into any problems obtaining the gamertag that I wanted. What would be even better Microsoft should allow users to change their GamerTags for free once every 3-5 years. $9.99 is a bit steep for a name change if you as me.