GameStop Pauses Its Unlimited Used Games Service

GameStop Pauses Its Unlimited Used Games Service

Power Pass, as the company called it, allowed people to spend $60 for the ability to rent an unlimited amount of used games over a 6-month period.

The retail giant announced the program at the end of October, with sign-ups set to begin November 19.

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

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified", said a GameStop representative in a statement to Kotaku. Under its six-month terms, the program would allow customers to take any used game from a local store's catalogue, play it as long as they wished and exchange it for another until the subscription expired.

GameStop has now put the PowerPass feature temporarily on hold.

In a likely attempt to stem the tide of game downloads, GameStop has devoted more and more floor space in each store to physical geek culture goods like Funko Pop figurines and T-shirts. And after every six months, subscribers could pick a free pre-owned game to take back home.

There is no word when the program will be reinstated.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now. It is unclear when the program will return to GameStop for the public, if ever.

GameSpot did do a soft launch of its PowerPass service. Kotaku's sources claim that GameStop's antiquated computers weren't able to handle all of the programs requests, but isn't this something the company should have looked into before launching the service?

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