GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

At $60 for six months, it seems nearly like a steal considering that you get to keep a game to add to your collection. The program was originally scheduled to fully launch in the coming weeks, with sign-ups to begin on November 19. According to Kotaku, the company "told employees yesterday to pull down all signage involving the program and store it in their backrooms".

A GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku: "We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified".

GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone. For customers who had already bought in on the PowerPass program, GameStop is offering a full refund, plus an additional used game to make amends.

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. In addition, we are allowing them to pick out any Pre-Owned video game for free. The company has yet to say if or when the PowerPass program will return in the future.

Keep an eye out as GameStop provides more information about PowerPass, and possible changes to the program. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has chose to delay the introduction of the program - for now. Employee speculation centers around GameStop's antiquated point-of-sale system, and specifically that it isn't equipped to handle the mechanics of a game rental service.