GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

Doris Richards
November 14, 2017

However, that is all in the past tense, because after a recent soft launch PowerPass has been suspended. At the end of each 6-month subscription, you get to choose one used game to keep as your own. According to Kotaku, the company "told employees yesterday to pull down all signage involving the program and store it in their backrooms".

Kotaku first reported the suspension of GameStop's PowerPass program.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties.

But according to a report from Kotaku, just days before the service's full launch on November 19th, GameStop has made a decision to "temporarily pause" the roll out of the new service.


Update: Asked for comment, GameStop replied to Polygon with this statement. The company says that those who have already purchased the service can get a full return. "In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free".

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime. The prominent gaming retailer has been fighting a losing battle against the increasing convenience of downloading games, a service that the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all offer for each and every game on those consoles.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again. In the meantime, one alternative would be Microsoft's Game Pass program, which gives Xbox owners access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $10 per month. 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.

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