Gamestop Temporarily Halts Used Game Rental Program Roll-out

There's no detailed reason revealed for the stoppage, but things should hopefully be back up and running in the near future.


Gamestop quietly revealed a new program called PowerPass last month and it allows gamers to rent an unlimited amount of used games (one at a time) at a rate of $60 for six months. The program has been in the midst of a soft roll-out up until now, but some issues have forced to company to halt the program temporarily due to limitations.

Kotaku reports that some Gamestop employees believe the company's archaic point-of-sale computers can't handle the PowerPass program. This would make a great deal of sense and lines up with the quiet soft-launch so far. It's smart to see how things hold up with a program that will likely draw in a massive amount of customers. GameStop's official statement to Kotaku is below:

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

Unless it takes a major facelift for GameStop's point-of-sale, the program should be up and running sometime soon. One of our writers wrote about the PowerPass program's potential, but we'll have to wait just a bit longer to see how the cards fall.

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