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GameStop "Temporarily Pauses" its PowerPass Used Game Lending Service

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The program, as it was originally revealed, works like this: For $60 you get a 6-month rental subscription that allows you to visit any GameStop store and "rent" one of the used games in stock. 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.

According to GameStop staff speaking with Kotaku, the company told employees yesterday to pull down all signage relating to the program and store them in their backrooms.

The retailer has not said when or if the program will be reinstated. It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.

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

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Update: Asked for comment, GameStop replied to Polygon with this statement.

In a likely attempt to stem the tide of game downloads, GameStop has devoted more and more floor space in each store to physical geek culture goods like Funko Pop figurines and T-shirts. The company says that those who have already purchased the service can get a full return. "We feel this is the right thing to do for now to ensure we are able to provide our guests an exceptional service", a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku. There's no timing yet for the rental program's return, but it doesn't sound like GameStop has any intention of making the temporary hold more permanent. "In addition, we will allow them to pick out any Pre-Owned game for free". In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. In the meantime, one alternative would be Microsoft's Game Pass program, which gives Xbox owners access to 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for $10 per month.

GameSpot did do a soft launch of its PowerPass service.


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