GameStop pushes pause on unlimited used game rental program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

GameStop hasn't said when it will revive the program.

According to a new report from Kotaku, it appears that GameStop has chose to "temporarily pause" the roll out of the new service.

Revealed only a couple of weeks ago, video game retailer GameStop has announced that its unlimited used games program has been temporarily halted.

"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. Now it's just a question of whether GameStop will upgrade its system, alter PowerPass to work with it, or just scrap the game-lending service entirely. At the end of the six-month period, a PowerPass customer could choose one game to keep.

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




When it came out, GameStop's PowerPass sounded too good to be true: All the used games you could play for six months, plus a free used game at the end, for $60.

Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund.

GameStop also asked staff to discard the store's Holiday Guide and replace this week's "weekly ad", according to a source. "In addition, we will allow them to pick out any pre-owned game for free".

GameStop's all-you-can-eat subscription to used games has been suspended, apparently over concerns with how the aging computer systems in the company's 7,000 stores can handle and track checkouts. According to GameStop's spokesperson, the company ran into several issues with the program in testing it for launch.

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