GameStop 'Temporarily Pauses' Unlimited Used Games Program


Essentially, you could use GameStop as a type of pre-owned video game library. Some GameStop employees guess that antiquated POS (Point of Sale) systems in GameStop locations may be to blame for not supporting the demands that the PowerPass program would require. You could only take one game out at a time before returning it to swap it for another.

"We are working through some of the program limitations we have identified to ensure the PowerPass subscription service delivers an exceptional experience for our customers", a spokesperson said in an email.

GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone.

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GameStop has not said when the program will be reinstated. According to multiple employees and a spokesperson for GameStop, the heavily anticipated service has hit several snags ahead of its launch, and will now be suspended indefinitely.

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

There is now no timeframe for when PowerPass will be reinstated, so if that was part of your holiday gift plans, you may want to find another option for the gamer in your life.

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Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans. Meanwhile, the Steam platform from Valve made this the preferred method for PC gamers years ago.

For now, buying games at GameStop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange. Whether or not the program's specifics will change as a result of the suspension remains unclear. 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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