Gamestop Temporarily Halts Used Game Rental Program Roll-out

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Since then, GameStop itself has confirmed the delay, saying that it has made a decision to "temporarily pause" the PowerPass service due to "a few program limitations we have identified". They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

Technically, the PowerPass program had already kicked off by the time GameStop made the decision to temporarily shut it down. At the end of each 6-month subscription, you get to choose one used game to keep as your own. It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.

There is no word when the program will be reinstated. The retailer confirmed that it had halted the initiative in a statement, citing "a few program limitations we have identified" as the cause.

Update: Asked for comment, GameStop replied to Polygon with this statement. Additionally, they can pick out any used game to have for free-not a bad tradeoff.

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

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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.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties. 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.

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

It's understandable for a new program to experience hiccups as it approaches its launch - that's what soft launches are for, after all.

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