Gamestop Temporarily Halts Used Game Rental Program Roll-out

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Essentially, it turned your local GameStop into a video game library.

It remains unclear exactly why the PowerPass program is being halted so close to its launch, especially since it was obviously a major part of GameStop's holiday season plans. At the end of the subscription period, you could select one used game to keep.

"We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new PowerPass subscription service, based on a few program limitations we have identified", a spokesperson said to Kotaku.

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

"For those guests who have already purchased the service, we are allowing them to bring the pass and video game they have checked out, back to receive a full refund", our GameStop spokesperson said. After that six months, subscribers would also be able to keep one of those used games.

Kotaku first reported the suspension of GameStop's PowerPass program.

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. 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. In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. The prominent gaming retailer has been fighting a losing battle against the increasing convenience of downloading games, a service that the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all offer for each and every game on those consoles.

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. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.