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GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

GameStop temporarily halts the new PowerPass rental subscriptions

Essentially, it turned your local GameStop into a video game library. However, by not announcing a reinstatement date for PowerPass (and by being ambiguous about why it was paused in the first place), GameStop has raised a few red flags. You could only take one game out at a time before returning it to swap it for another.

The spokesperson specified that the roll out was being paused due to "program limitations". It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.

"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.

According to leaked documentation regarding PowerPass, the service was supposed to officially launch on November 19.




Technically, the PowerPass program had already kicked off by the time GameStop made the decision to temporarily shut it down. For $60 (which covered six months of the service), players could check out pre-owned GameStop games indefinitely.

That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice.

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.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has chose to delay the introduction of the program - for now. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.


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