GameStop temporarily halts unlimited used games program

For now buying games at Game Stop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange

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". At the end of the six months, you can choose one game to keep.

However, that is all in the past tense, because after a recent soft launch PowerPass has been suspended. Essentially, you could use GameStop as a type of pre-owned video game library. However, by not announcing a reinstatement date for PowerPass (and by being ambiguous about why it was paused in the first place), GameStop has raised a few red flags.

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

Another source told Kotaku GameStop employees were told to replace the weekly ad and discard the current holiday guide, which is a good indication PowerPass isn't coming back before the end of the year.

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"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. According to GameStop's spokesperson, the company ran into several issues with the program in testing it for launch.

GameStop PowerPass isn't quite ready for showtime.

What went wrong? GameStop employees confided to Kotaku that the chain's computers can't handle the burden of managing a PowerPass database. The company will also allow those who had purchased a spot in the program the ability to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free by way of apology for the inconvenience the sudden halt of PowerPass might have caused.

The PowerPass program was pitched to the public last month as offering, for a $60 upfront fee, six months of unlimited "rentals" (one at a time) from GameStop's stock of used games.

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