GameStop Pauses Unlimited Used Games Program

Jose Cordova  GameStop

Jose Cordova GameStop

Last month, GameStop announced a new rental subscription service that would let customers borrow as many used games as they wanted during a six-month period for a flat fee. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exception service". Those stores have been told to pull all promotional materials related to the PowerPass, according to Kotaku.

It remains unclear exactly why the PowerPass program is being halted so close to its launch, especially since it was obviously a major part of GameStop's holiday season plans. 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. When Kotaku reached out to GameStop about the suspension, the company said "program limitations" were largely to blame.

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GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. 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. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans.

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.

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"For those guests who have already purchased the service, we are allowing them to bring the pass and video game they have checked out, back to receive a full refund", our GameStop spokesperson said.

What about anyone who already signed up for PowerPass during the soft-launch?

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