GameStop Puts a Hold on Game Rental Program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified", said a GameStop representative in a statement to Kotaku.

The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future.

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

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PowerPass has undergone a soft launch since its reveal in October with a full public launch slated to occur on November 19.

GameStop was set to offer its PowerPass program to a wider audience by the end of this week, but it has now halted the service indefinitely.

With the ever-increasing rise in digital gaming, GameStop's PowerPass program could be an important pillar of the store's business. And while your subscription is technically now over if you're one of those who signed up, it's not all bad news.

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GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone. At the end of the six months, customers would be allowed to keep one of the games they had rented during that timespan.

GameStop will also be offering full refunds for those who have already purchased the PowerPass service, provided they return their pass and the video game they have checked out. Still, even in areas with poor download speeds or rampant data caps from ISPs, customers might be inclined to order new games from Amazon rather than go to a retail outlet. 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.

PowerPass has the potential to be a very popular service - that is if the catalog of games available is relatively large and up-to-date.

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