As part of Microsoft’s changes to their services agreement, you are now required to log into Xbox Live every five years in order to keep your gamertag. The changes are retroactive too, meaning if you haven’t logged into your account since 2011, you may want to give it a go. If you don’t manage to log in before the update and you haven’t logged in for the past five years, then your gamertag will be lost to you and will be available to other players. The second implementation in the agreement reads:
“In the Microsoft Account or Skype Account section, we’ve added a requirement that you must sign into the Xbox Services at least once in a 5-year period to keep the Xbox gamertag associated with your Microsoft account. We’ve also added that if your account is compromised, we may be required to disable access to certain content.”
This doesn’t mean your purchases will be made invalid, or that your account will no longer exist, only that your gamertag will be unavailable to you. So no more being known as “cooldude95.” The changes are due to be implemented on September 15.