GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

Alyssa Bailey
November 15, 2017

"For those guests who have already purchased the service, we will allow them to bring the pass, and video game they have checked-out, back to receive a full refund".

"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 Director of Corporate Communications, Joey Mooring, told PCMag in an email. After six months, you could keep one of the games.

However, that is all in the past tense, because after a recent soft launch PowerPass has been suspended. Essentially, it turned your local GameStop into a video game library.

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.

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Kotaku reports that GameStop has told its employees to pull down all promotional material related to the PowerPass subscription program.

That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice. Instead, the company said that "program limitations" is what caused the sudden stop in the service.

All the way back in September, GameStop announced its PowerPass program. According to GameStop's spokesperson, the company ran into several issues with the program in testing it for launch. At the end of your 6-months, you were to be able to keep the last used game you took out. 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.

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.

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