GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

15 November, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • For now buying games at Game Stop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange

Additionally, a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku that those who have already purchased their membership through the soft launch can receive a full refund, and pick out a used game to keep for their troubles.

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. At the end of the period, they could keep any one of the games they had checked out.

PowerPass has undergone a soft launch since its reveal in October with a full public launch slated to occur on November 19.

However, GameStop has since instructed store employees to remove all signage relating to the program, which has drawn considerable interest from the gaming community.

"We are working through some of the program limitations we have identified to ensure the PowerPass subscription service delivers an exceptional experience for our customers", a spokesperson said in an email.

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Kotaku is reporting that GameStop is "temporarily pausing" the PowerPass program. Why?

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime.

That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans. 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.

As a PowerPass member, you'll only be able to check out one pre-owned game at a time, but can swap it for a new one as often as you like. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated.

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