**UPDATE: The help article is clarifying why Twitch has the right to take a username after it has been registered. This does not mean that they are releasing inactive usernames after 12 months of inactivity**
Twitch will now recycle usernames that have been inactive for more than 12 months, indicated by their update to “Username Rename and Recycling Policies”. This is a heavily requested feature to free up and recycle some older usernames.
Twitch did, however, state some conditions that come along with this change:
Usernames are treated to a first come, first serve basis.
However, usernames may be freed up for re-registration, without notice, if:
- they violate specific registered trademarks; OR
- are involved in an active impersonation (keep in mind someone registering your desired username first is NOT an act of impersonation); OR
- are no longer active, meaning, there is no viewing or login activity associated with the account for at least 12 months.
Vanity requests for renames will be denied. We do not have a name-change feature at this time.
Partnered broadcasters may be eligible for exception to some of these rules.
We reserve the right to change this policy at any time.
This is a great addition to improve the Twitch experience for both new and old users.
Source: Twitch Help Center