A guy once asked about this at a player event. Apparently CCP has freed up names from accounts that haven’t been logged into for a long time before. I got the impression that they didn’t seem to keen on doing it again. Maybe they got a bunch of blowback. I dunno.
What I can tell you is that even though all the “obvious” names are taken, a lot of people are still managing to to come up with creative and memorable names. I’ve also managed to snap up a few OG names from biomassed characters by periodically doing searches.
Come to think of it, I wonder if there’s a way to create a program that will search the ESI/API/whatever for a list of names, and tell you if any have become available due to biomasses/corp closures/whatever. That could be quite useful.
@Steve_Ronuken I’m bugging you because I don’t know who else to ask? Is something like that possible?