GameStop pushes pause on unlimited used game rental program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental 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 spokesperson told Kotaku. 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. The company said in a statement that it has identified some limitations to the service so has halted the service. If unfamiliar, this program would cost $60 and would allow customers to rent as many used games as they would like within a six-month span, with customers getting to choose one of the games they rented to keep permanently, at the end of the subscription.

Kotaku reports that GameStop employees have been instructed to remove signage advertising PowerPass from stores. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has chose to delay the introduction of the program - for now. And while your subscription is technically now over if you're one of those who signed up, it's not all bad news. GameStop has not given any indication as to if or when the service will be restored, but since the company statement uses the word "temporary", it seems as though they will try to bring it back at some point. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans.

GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. Those who already subscribed to the service will be refunded. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again. In the meantime, one alternative would be Microsoft's Game Pass program, which gives Xbox owners access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $10 per month.

The program went through a soft launch in some locations earlier this month, with its full rollout to follow later.



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