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GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

15 November 2017, 01:38 | Jenny Fowler

Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop's upcoming PowerPass used games subscription service hasn't even been officially launched yet, and it has already hit a pothole.

The program, as it was originally revealed, works like this: For $60 you get a 6-month rental subscription that allows you to visit any GameStop store and "rent" one of the used games in stock. At the end, you can choose any game to keep. They can bring the game they checked out back to GameStop for a full refund. Instead, the company said that "program limitations" is what caused the sudden stop in the service.

Heads up, holiday shoppers: GameStop is launching an unlimited game subscription service you (or the gamer on your list) might enjoy.

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However, GameStop has since instructed store employees to remove all signage relating to the program, which has drawn considerable interest from the gaming community. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service". Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has made a decision to delay the introduction of the program - for now. For $60 (which covered six months of the service), players could check out pre-owned GameStop games indefinitely.

The service, which soft-launched this week at some locations, is called PowerPass. It's not clear why GameStop is freezing the program, but employees have speculated to Kotaku that some of the company's antiquated computers weren't equipped to handle it. There's no timing yet for the rental program's return, but it doesn't sound like GameStop has any intention of making the temporary hold more permanent. Additionally, GameStop is letting PowerPass subscribers pick up any pre-owned game for free, which is a pretty solid move on the store's part to make up for it.



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