GameStop PowerPass, Unlimited Used Games Program, Temporarily Suspended

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

The program, as it was originally revealed, works like this: For $60 you get a 6-month rental subscription that allows you to visit any GameStop store and "rent" one of the used games in stock. The company has yet to say if or when the PowerPass program will return in the future. At the end of your six months, you'd be allowed to keep one.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. GameStop said that it was going to launch the service on November 19th. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

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. We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere.

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. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. 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.

The program went through a soft launch in some locations earlier this month, with its full rollout to follow later.

According to a GameStop employee, there were "a few program limitations" that required the whole shebang to be shut down until they can be corrected.

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