GameStop just suspended its PowerPass program

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program

The company hasn't offered an explanation as to why its chose to halt the program, instead citing "program limitations" that necessitated the abrupt stop. Under its six-month terms, the program would allow customers to take any used game from a local store's catalogue, play it as long as they wished and exchange it for another until the subscription expired.

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".

Stores were instructed to take down signage and advertising for Power Pass, and store them in their backrooms.

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PowerPass was an intriguing idea when it was first announced but GameStop's decision to put the program on pause may suggest the service hasn't been met with quite as much interest as they would have liked. We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service. 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.

What went wrong? GameStop employees confided to Kotaku that the chain's computers can't handle the burden of managing a PowerPass database.

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. To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles.

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

GameSpot did do a soft launch of its PowerPass service. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.

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