In an effort to free up more Xbox Live Gamertags, Microsoft has added a new line in its Terms of Service agreement which requires users to sign in at least once every five years. In otherwords, use it or lose it.
In a revised version of the company’s Terms of Service agreement which comes into effect from September 15, Microsoft has added that those who don’t sign into their Gamertag at least once every five years risks losing the account completely. That being said, it’s unclear how Microsoft will handle purchases made with the Microsoft accounts, though it sounds likely that purchases will be lost.
The updated agreement reads as follows:
“You must use your Microsoft account to keep it active. This means you must sign in at least once in a five-year period to keep your Microsoft account, and associated Services, active, unless provided otherwise in an offer for a paid portion of the Services. If you don’t sign in during this time, we will assume your Microsoft account is inactive and will close it for you.”
You can read the full Terms of Service here.
In addition to the active account requirements, Microsoft has also touched upon account compromise, saying that accounts effected will may require Microsoft to “disable access to certain content”. Though we’re unsure whether it’d be a permanent disability or temporary.