GameStop Hits Pause On Its PowerPass Game Rental System

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service

And, it turns out, it sort of was, at least in the sense that GameStop couldn't handle it.

Customers looking forward to the rollout of GameStop's new game rental program, PowerPass, will have to press pause on those plans.

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.

All the way back in September, GameStop announced its PowerPass program. 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. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service", a GameStop representative told Kotaku today.

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The service, which soft-launched this week at some locations, is called PowerPass.

Another source told Kotaku GameStop employees were told to replace the weekly ad and discard the current holiday guide, which is a good indication PowerPass isn't coming back before the end of the year. If you're one of those individuals, you can return to GameStop with the pass and video game you have checked out, and the company will give you a full refund.

The PowerPass program was pitched to the public last month as offering, for a $60 upfront fee, six months of unlimited "rentals" (one at a time) from GameStop's stock of used games. According to a spokesperson for the company, the suspension was "based on a few program limitations we have identified".

A fully functioning and consumer-friendly PowerPass program might give customers a reason to choose GameStop over their respective gaming platform's online marketplace, but for now, it seems the physical video game library dream will have to wait.

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