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GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.

GameStop announced a new rental subscription service last month which would allow subscribers to rent as many used games as they wanted for a six-month period.

GameStop has not said when the program will be reinstated. Now it's not available for anyone.

Since then, GameStop itself has confirmed the delay, saying that it has chose to "temporarily pause" the PowerPass service due to "a few program limitations we have identified". A GameStop rep since confirmed the news, telling Kotaku, "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests with an exceptional service".

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

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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.

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. It appears the delay may be a long one, though, as the employee sources claim they were told to get rid of the holiday guide and weekly ad that has the program listed.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime.

What went wrong? GameStop employees confided to Kotaku that the chain's computers can't handle the burden of managing a PowerPass database. But not anymore, at least for the time being. And after every six months, subscribers could pick a free pre-owned game to take back home. 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.