GameStop Hits Pause On Its PowerPass Game Rental System

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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.

Technically, the PowerPass program had already kicked off by the time GameStop made the decision to temporarily shut it down.

The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future.

Customers looking forward to the rollout of GameStop's new game rental program, PowerPass, will have to press pause on those plans. The program has been in the midst of a soft roll-out up until now, but some issues have forced to company to halt the program temporarily due to limitations. For $60 (the price of one new video game), you got six months worth of access to any pre-owned games in the store, with the stipulation that you could only rent one at a time. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exception service". Whatever the problem, it was enough to suspend the program indefinitely.

Don't worry if you've already bought a PowerPass subscription, though.

PowerPass has the potential to be a very popular service - that is if the catalog of games available is relatively large and up-to-date. However, according to the wording in the statement that GameStop provided, it appears that at least some customers have been given early access to the service.

The spokesperson continues on to state that guests who subscribed to the service can receive a full refund and pick out any pre-owned game for free. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.

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