Maybe I can be the original Bob now.
Twitch has recently updated its policies in regards to usernames, offering some reasoning as to why some usernames might be freed up in the future. The first two reasons cite trademark violation and impersonation as grounds for a lost username, but that’s not the one that has been catching everyone’s eye.
The third point on Twitch’s page talks about users who are “no longer active, meaning, there is no viewing or login activity associated with the account for at least 12 months.” While usernames of these accounts will be up for grabs, the page does go on to say that any “vanity” username change requests will be denied, and that they do not have a name-change feature yet. Twitch staff later detailed the update in a blog post:
“Beginning January 29th, Twitch will begin to reclaim inactive accounts (including the usernames) and make them available to others. With any reclaimed account, Twitch will delete the profile information associated with the account (including, any content). This also means that any personal data and private content associated with these accounts will be deleted and will not be accessible to the new account holders.”
The policy also acknowledges partnered broadcasters who might be violating these rules, stating they might be “eligible for exception to some of these rules.”