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GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified", said a GameStop representative in a statement to Kotaku.

Kotaku reports that GameStop employees have been instructed to remove signage advertising PowerPass from stores.

PowerPass was an intriguing idea when it was first announced but GameStop's decision to put the program on pause may suggest the service hasn't been met with quite as much interest as they would have liked. At the end of your 6-months, you were to be able to keep the last used game you took out. The company says that those who have already purchased the service can get a full return. However, according to the wording in the statement that GameStop provided, it appears that at least some customers have been given early access to the service. Customers who already bought the subscription will need to return their game and their pass to get a full refund.

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Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now. 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. The prominent gaming retailer has been fighting a losing battle against the increasing convenience of downloading games, a service that the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all offer for each and every game on those consoles.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. The service soft-launched this week, so that could be where the issues were discovered.

Keep an eye out as GameStop provides more information about PowerPass, and possible changes to the program.


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