GameStop PowerPass, Unlimited Used Games Program, Temporarily Suspended

Pablo Tucker
November 15, 2017

For $60 (which covered six months of the service), players could check out pre-owned GameStop games indefinitely.

Just days before it was due to commence, retailer GameStop has delayed the wide launch of its unlimited secondhand game rental program, PowerPass. Additionally, a GameStop spokesperson told Kotaku that those who have already purchased their membership through the soft launch can receive a full refund, and pick out a used game to keep for their troubles.

The company hasn't offered an explanation as to why its chose to halt the program, instead citing "program limitations" that necessitated the abrupt stop.


The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future.

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

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties.


PowerPass has the potential to be a very popular service - that is if the catalog of games available is relatively large and up-to-date. It's not clear why GameStop is freezing the program, but employees have speculated to Kotaku that some of the company's antiquated computers weren't equipped to handle it.

There is no word as of yet regarding when PowerPass will return or what changes might be in place based on the "program limitations" that GameStop encountered. At the end of the six months, customers would be allowed to keep one of the games they had rented during that timespan. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.


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