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A Gamertag is the universal name for a player's username on Xbox Live.
A Gamertag used online must be unique and can be up to fifteen characters in length, including numbers, letters, and spaces.
Critics scoffed at it, citing poor broadband adoption at the turn of the century.
Xbox Live was finally given a name at E3 2002 when the service was unveiled in its entirety.
On November 12, 2009, Dennis Durkin, COO of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, announced that November 10, 2009, the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 marked the busiest day ever on Xbox Live, with over two million active users simultaneously.
On the same day, Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson, announced on his blog that Xbox Live support for the original Xbox would be discontinued on April 15, 2010, including online play through backwards compatibility on the Xbox 360 and all downloadable content for original Xbox games.
Gamertags can be changed using an Xbox One or Xbox 360 console (first time is free, then for a price of £8 / ), the Xbox 360 supports eight Xbox Live-enabled profiles per memory unit and thirty-two profiles on the hard drive.
A player's Gamertag account status can be checked using a variety of online tools, which is useful especially when looking for a new Gamertag, or confirming that a Gamertag exists.
The service was extended in 2007 on the Windows platform, named Games for Windows – Live, which makes most aspects of the system available on Windows computers.It was changed later, wherein all Xbox Live titles included the universal gold Live bar.By the time of the Xbox 360, all titles were required to provide at least a limited form of Xbox Live "awareness".When the service debuted, it lacked much of the functionality that later titles included, but Xbox Live grew and evolved on the Xbox and many aspects of the service were included with the Xbox 360 console out of the box, rather than through a later update.Microsoft's 5000th patent was Live-related and gave Xbox 360 users access to watch other gamers compete against each other over Xbox Live.
Microsoft announced that 50 Xbox Live titles would be available by the end of 2003.