GameStop Temporarily Halts PowerPass Unlimited Used Games Rental Service

GameStop's upcoming PowerPass used games subscription service hasn't even been officially launched yet, and it has already hit a pothole. PowerPass was first leaked late last month, and allows customers to rent an unlimited number of used games (one at a time) during a six-month period. After those six months are up, the last game that you have "out" is yours to keep.

However, GameStop has since instructed store employees to remove all signage relating to the program, which has drawn considerable interest from the gaming community. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has decided to delay the introduction of the program -- for now.

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“We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified," said a GameStop representative in a statement to Kotaku. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service."

According to leaked documentation regarding PowerPass, the service was supposed to officially launch on November 19th. However, according to the wording in the statement that GameStop provided, it appears that at least some customers have been given early access to the service.

“For those guests who have already purchased the service, we will allow them to bring the pass, and video game they have checked-out, back to receive a full refund,” the GameStop representative added. “In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free.”

PowerPass has the potential to be a very popular service – that is if the catalog of games available is relatively large and up-to-date. At $60 for six months, it seems almost like a steal considering that you get to keep a game to add to your collection. It's likely that this “temporary pause” is just GameStop’s way of making sure that it has the inventory to handle additional traffic and make sure that the experience is positive for subscribers.

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