GameStop "Temporarily Pauses" its PowerPass Used Game Lending Service

Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service

The service, which was initially going to offer subscribers six months of unlimited used game rentals for $60, has been "temporarily paused" according to a report from Kotaku.

Stores were instructed to take down signage and advertising for Power Pass, and store them in their backrooms.

GameStop is temporarily suspending its recently launched PowerPass program. At the end of your 6-months, you were to be able to keep the last used game you took out. According to multiple employees and a spokesperson for GameStop, the heavily anticipated service has hit several snags ahead of its launch, and will now be suspended indefinitely. However, by not announcing a reinstatement date for PowerPass (and by being ambiguous about why it was paused in the first place), GameStop has raised a few red flags. To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles. When Kotaku reached out to GameStop about the suspension, the company said "program limitations" were largely to blame.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties.

It's unclear why GameStop has made a decision to do this but some store employees suggest that limitations related to the company's old computers likely caused this.

It's understandable for a new program to experience hiccups as it approaches its launch - that's what soft launches are for, after all.

A couple of weeks ago, game retailer GameStop soft-launched its new subscription-based game lending program, PowerPass.

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

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