GameStop halts used-games subscription service

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

For $60 (which covered six months of the service), players could check out pre-owned GameStop games indefinitely.

All the way back in September, GameStop announced its PowerPass program. Customers who already bought the subscription will need to return their game and their pass to get a full refund.

The company hasn't offered an explanation as to why its made a decision to halt the program, instead citing "program limitations" that necessitated the abrupt stop. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice. "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 said.

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.

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Kotaku is reporting that GameStop is "temporarily pausing" the PowerPass program. Why? At the end of the six months, customers would be allowed to keep one of the games they had rented during that timespan.

With the ever-increasing rise in digital gaming, GameStop's PowerPass program could be an important pillar of the store's business.

Originally, GameStop planned to launch the PowerPass subscription on November 19, right in time for the holiday season.

What about anyone who already signed up for PowerPass during the soft-launch? 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. There's no timing yet for the rental program's return, but it doesn't sound like GameStop has any intention of making the temporary hold more permanent.

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