Microsoft has changed its services agreement recently so that you have to log-in to your Xbox Live account once every 5 years or you risk losing your gametag name.
Microsoft announced this following update: “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”
If you don’t sign-in every 5 years, you risk losing the name of your gamertag if somebody else wants it. For example, if you have something popular like “Austin316” or “IamBatman”, these names can be acquired by other people if you fail to use your Xbox Live account for 5 long years.
These new terms and conditions take into effect from September 15th, 2016. This is good news for gamers that want to get popular names for accounts that have been inactive for half a decade. 5 years is also a long time so many people won’t have to worry about losing their name.