GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

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.

The service, which was initially going to offer subscribers six months of unlimited used game rentals for $60, has been "temporarily paused" according to a report from Kotaku.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now.

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

After PowerPass officially began earlier this week, GameStop froze the program, telling all stores to take down PowerPass advertisements and store them for the time being.

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.

Either way, the PowerPass program is now suspended and there's no word whether or not the program will be reinstated.

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

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. The service soft-launched this week, so that could be where the issues were discovered. The reasoning was not entirely clear, but per Kotaku, some employees speculate that store computers were too outdated to support the system. "In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free".

Keep an eye out as GameStop provides more information about PowerPass, and possible changes to the program.

Vanessa Coleman

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