If you have a silly handle in Minecraft and have been itching to change it, you are in luck. Mojang announced today that they will be implementing a name change features for Mojang account holders, due to launch February 4th. It costs nothing of the player, and the only restrictions are that you cannot take a name already in use (as before), a name will not become available after being abandoned until 37 days have passed, and you can only change your name every 30 days. The name change feature should not have an effect on server bans, either, with the banned players remaining banned even after a name change. Neat.

Announcing Minecraft name changes

by kris on January 12, 2015

Yes, it’s true! In the near future you will be able to change your Minecraft in-game name.

When? When! When?!
We plan to make name changing available on February 4th.

What do I need to do this? Will it cost money?
The only thing you need is a Mojang account. If you currently sign in to Minecraft with an email address, you’re all good! Otherwise, you can migrate your old Minecraft account
here. There are no other requirements, and it doesn’t cost any money.

It sounds good! Where can I do it?
Just
head on over to your Mojang account page! Once the feature is made available you’ll see a “change” link next to your Minecraft name.

Can I steal somebody’s name? Can I call myself “Dinnerbone” too?
No. There is already somebody called Dinnerbone and names are still unique. You can’t have the same name as another player; they will have to change their name for you to be able to take it. 37 days after they change their name, the old one will become available.

What about all those unpaid usernames from so many years ago?
We will be freeing up all those old unpaid usernames when the new name changing feature is released. If you have an old unpaid name that you’d like to keep, there’s still time to buy it!
Read this help article to learn how.

Can I change the capitalisation of my name?
Yes, you can!

Does this mean that I can pick a new name every day?
No. After changing your name you have to wait 30 days before you can do it again.

What if I change my name and then realise that I don’t like it? Can I change back to my old name?
Yes, you can. You still have to wait the 30 days though.

If I ban a player “Foo” and he changes name to “Bar”, will he stay banned?
Yes. Same for whitelisted players and oped players. They also keep their inventory, pets, statistics and everything they own on a server.

How will this work with mods? What about my custom stuff on this one modded server?
Ask your mod maker/server owner. Mods should be able to support this system easily and most already do, but we aren’t responsible for mods or servers!

Can I have a hug?
*hugs*

Source: Mojang

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