Xbox Live gamertags can now expire given a period of inactivity0 Comments
There's potentially troubling news on the horizon for on-again, off-again gamers fond of Xbox Live — a new stipulation slipped into the service's argreement states that users' gamertags might expire if they don't sign in often enough. Fortunately, the new requirements only need the player to sign in once every five years.
The language here is fairly clear-cut: "You must sign into Xbox Services at least once in a five-year period," reads the agreement, "otherwise you may lose access to the gamertag associated with your account and that gamertag may become available for use by others."
This update to the service agreement comes not too long after Microsoft announced that they'd be clearing up nearly a million gamertags that had presumably gone unused. Microsoft hadn't revealed specifically how they selected those gamertags that had been freed, but they did state that the accounts had "been inactive for quite some time." The new clause in the agreement is likely just a formal reflection of this policy.
Gamertags to expire after five years of inactivity, Eurogamer