GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

For now buying games at Game Stop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange

For now buying games at Game Stop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange

Customers will be able to purchase a PowerPass subscription online, but the recipient will need to visit a GameStop store to activate their subscription as well as pick out and return games.

GameStop was set to offer its PowerPass program to a wider audience by the end of this week, but it has now halted the service indefinitely. It's interesting to see that GameStop chose to pause the service because they didn't provide an explanation as to why they halted the program. The "few program limitations" that the GameStop spokesperson left undefined could be any number of things: PowerPass's price, its duration, the games customers can keep after the program expires, or anything else.

Gamestop quietly revealed a new program called PowerPass last month and it allows gamers to rent an unlimited amount of used games (one at a time) at a rate of $60 for six months. You could only take one game out at a time before returning it to swap it for another.

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Regardless, it's worth noting that, according to Kotaku, GameStop employees have simply been instructed to remove PowerPass advertising from the front of their stores and place it in the back for safekeeping.

The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future. According to GameStop's spokesperson, the company ran into several issues with the program in testing it for launch. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service". "W$3 e will allow [guests] to bring the pass, and video game they have checked-out, back to receive a full refund".

The program went through a soft launch in some locations earlier this month, with its full rollout to follow later.

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