GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties.
Kotaku first reported the suspension of GameStop's PowerPass program. The program was originally scheduled to fully launch in the coming weeks, with sign-ups to begin on November 19. At the end of the period, they could keep any one of the games they had checked out. PowerPass is being "temporarily paused".
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Per Kotaku, anyone who already bought into GamePass can bring back their pass and any game they rented for a full refund.
The spokesperson specified that the roll out was being paused due to "program limitations".
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If you purchased a PowerPass during the program's soft-launch, you'll be compensated. "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 said.
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. In addition, we are allowing them to pick out any Pre-Owned video game for free. Employees were also asked to discard the store's Holiday Guide and replace this week's "weekly ad". In fact, GameStop has given no indication when or if PowerPass will be resuscitated. Kotaku's sources claim that GameStop's antiquated computers weren't able to handle all of the programs requests, but isn't this something the company should have looked into before launching the service? Now it's just a question of whether GameStop will upgrade its system, alter PowerPass to work with it, or just scrap the game-lending service entirely.
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