GameStop halts used game rental program before its launch

GameStop was set to offer its PowerPass program to a wider audience by the end of this week, but it has now halted the service indefinitely. If unfamiliar, this program would cost $60 and would allow customers to rent as many used games as they would like within a six-month span, with customers getting to choose one of the games they rented to keep permanently, at the end of the subscription.

According to a GameStop spokesperson,

“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”

While there isn't a specific reason for the hold-up, according to Kotaku via GameStop employees, the company's antiquated POS system wasn't simply equipped to handle it. For those that have purchased a subscription, there is a bit of a silver lining here. The company did confirm that it would be issuing refunds and also allow the customers to choose one used game to keep for free.

Source: Kotaku via The Verge | Image via CBS Philly

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