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World of Warcraft is about to reclaim character names from inactive accounts

World of Warcraft name reclaim

In the decade of World of Warcraft’s existence, quite a few characters have been birthed and named. Should you be in the market for creating a new character right this second, you can probably imagine that trying to find a unique name is quite problematic. That’s why this week, with the launch of patch 6.2, Blizzard will be reclaiming the names of any character that has been inactive for a while.

If you’re character hasn’t been accessed since December 7th 2010, its name will be freed up for other players to take. Looks like my Blood Elf and Undead characters are about to become nameless, then.

If you have a character name you’ve not used in over four years and are determined to keep it, you have just a couple of days to log into World of Warcraft before the patch is applied on June 24th. Log into your characters before then, and their names will be safe.

“Our goal with this great name liberation is to make sure new and returning players have a large and varied pool of names available to choose from,” Blizzard wrote on the World of Warcraft blog. “So log in now if you wish to preserve your unused characters’ names for your ongoing journey through Draenor.”

Thanks, PC Gamer.