Friday, 17 November, 2017

GameStop's unlimited used game rental subscription gets shelved before it even started

GameStop halts its unlimited used game rental program Report: GameStop halts used-games subscription service
Melba Vasquez | 14 November, 2017, 22:18

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. The company has yet to say if or when the PowerPass program will return in the future.

Kotaku reports that GameStop has told its employees to pull down all promotional material related to the PowerPass subscription program.

GameStop has not said when the program will be reinstated.

The spokesperson specified that the roll out was being paused due to "program limitations".

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

That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice.

"For 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", our GameStop spokesperson said. If you planned on looking into PowerPass as a holiday gift, start looking elsewhere.

GameStop isn't exactly renowned for their exemplary reputation as a games retailer.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime. "In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free". 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.

GameStop hasn't specifically identified why the program is shutting down so soon. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.

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