My RuneScape account was banned in September, 2010. A bit over four years later, it still has the same display name. I rather like the display name (it wouldn't be valuable on a secondary market, but it has sentimental value), so I'd like to use it as the name of one of my other accounts, if possible.

According to RuneScape Wiki, you can't change the name of a banned account. Does Jagex ever release the display names of permanently banned accounts, so that they become available for reuse?

I would have thought the name would have been released in the 2014 Character Name Clean-Up, but it wasn't.

To be clear, the name itself was not banned (occasionally, Jagex adds display names, such as those suspected of having been sold for real-world money, to a blacklist).

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Highly unlikely because the character name clean up is automated and only effects accounts which meet a certain criteria. From what I understand banned or frozen accounts are considered inactive but still there for some reason. I think you could possibly try to email them and ask if they would delete the other account. It's also possible there's some reason you're not allowed to take the display name someone used when they got banned.

See: https://runescape.wiki/w/Character_name

Inactive users:

If a user is inactive (has not been active in a while), their name will eventually become available as a display name if the following conditions are met:

It hasn’t been logged into in the last year It hasn’t been used to purchase any membership It has no RuneScape skills of level 30 or above Note: If you are a free player, you will retain your character name if you have logged into your account in the past year, or if you have any skills over level 30

This is to free up names from inactive accounts for active users to be able to use for their account. Any players who choose to log into an inactive account that has had its name taken will be forced to change the name of the account before logging in.

Display name sweep:

In the summer of 2014 Jagex announced that more character names will be freed up in batches of accounts that follow the following criteria:

It has never had membership and it hasn't been logged into in the last 6 months It is a former member and it hasn't been logged into in the last 2 years The first batch of names beginning with the letters A, B and C was released on 5 August.

  • if there was a reason one couldnt take the username of previously banned users, why would they deliberetly sy "we are releasing the usernames of accounts that have been banned"? Also, your answer is a copy paste of the wiki, and its not very well written.
    – user106385
    Dec 28, 2015 at 2:14
  • +1 and accepted - "It is a former member and hasn't been logged into in the last 2 years" - I'll assume this criterion didn't apply to my account because I'd logged into its character profile on the website periodically, even though I was (obviously) unable to log into the game since I was banned. May 16, 2016 at 8:06

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