A nickname is a substitute for the proper name of a familiar person, place, or thing, for affection or ridicule. It is a familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name.
|— Oxford English Dictionary|
What are nicknames in Tanki Online?
They surely aren't simple «substitutes» as stated in the quote above — they represent a user's way of illustrating their personality, things they like or anything that they find funny.
When registering to Tanki Online, each user picks a nickname — there are millions of users currently registered and each one of them has his / her own nickname!
They may refer to famous people, books, films, comics, etc, refer to invented fantasies made by users or even exist only thanks to random pressing keys on a keyboard — what is important to note is that each nickname is part of an user's career in Tanki Online and all his / her friends will address him / her by it!
How can you change your nickname?
Despite this, there may be times when an user wants to change his / her nickname to represent more recent things he / she likes, but how can one do this?
It's simple, just follow this procedure: how to change your nickname?.
What to do if the nickname you wanted has already been taken?
If you tried to register a new account or tried to change your nickname to a newer one but found out that the nickname you wanted has already been taken, do not despair, you may still be able to get it!
If an account has been inactive for a certain period of time, its associated nickname will become free again and you may register it for your new account or take it as your new nickname!
An account is considered «inactive» if it hasn’t been used to enter the Game for a certain period of time (depending on the account's rank). For details on inactivity time, check the table below:
NOTE: For accounts that have been used to purchase crystals, the minimum period of inactivity is extended to 3 years from the date of the last purchase, regardless of the account’s rank.
NOTE: Blocked accounts' nicknames will not become available — these are BLOCKED FOREVER.
An inactive account's nickname will only become publicly available if someone tries to register it. At that point, one of two things can happen:
- if the inactive account isn’t linked to a valid email address, the new user will be able to register / take the nickname immediately
- if the inactive account is linked to a valid email address, the original owner of the account will receive an email notification informing him / her that someone wants to claim his / her account's nickname. From that point, the original owner of the account will have ONE WEEK to reactivate his / her account by entering the Game. If he / she fails to do so within that time frame, the new user will be able to register the nickname.
What will happen to an account if its nickname has been taken?
Even if your account's nickname has been taken, your account WILL NOT be lost!
In fact, inactive accounts will simply be renamed to free up the nickname for another user and you will still be able to access your account as usual, even if it has lost its nickname — inactive accounts' nicknames get a prefix «r_» in front of them. So, if the nickname «TANKER» gets taken, the original account's nickname becomes «r_TANKER». If «r_TANKER» was also taken, then a number from 0 to 100 is added to it, so the name becomes, for example, «r_TANKER0».
If you have an email linked to your account, you will also receive an email from our Tech Support listing your new nickname and all details on the process.
If you do not have an email linked to your account, you will have to contact our Tech Support, submit a request for account recovery and then wait for their instructions.
For your nickname to be taken, all of the following events must have taken place:
- you did not enter the Game for a very long time;
- someone tried to register your nickname;
- you did not notice a letter telling you that someone else has tried to register your nickname;
- someone tried to register your nickname a second time;
After all of the above has happened, your inactive account will be given a new nickname.
If, after losing your nickname and being given a new one, you decide to return to the game, you’ll be able to continue playing with this new nickname or eventually choose a different one by contacting our Tech Support.