GameStop Pauses Unlimited Used Games Program

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This essentially turned GameStop into a kind of library where you can pay to take out any games you want to play.

If you purchased a PowerPass during the program's soft-launch, you'll be compensated.

For $60 every six months, players could enroll in a PowerPass subscription.

Kotaku reports that some Gamestop employees believe the company's archaic point-of-sale computers can't handle the PowerPass program.

A couple of weeks ago, game retailer GameStop soft-launched its new subscription-based game lending program, PowerPass.

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But according to a report from Kotaku, just days before the service's full launch on November 19th, GameStop has made a decision to "temporarily pause" the roll out of the new service. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

All of the signage has been tucked away, and any customers who have already paid for the service will get a full refund, as well as a free used game of their choice.

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.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now. Still, even in areas with poor download speeds or rampant data caps from ISPs, customers might be inclined to order new games from Amazon rather than go to a retail outlet. 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.

According to a GameStop employee, there were "a few program limitations" that required the whole shebang to be shut down until they can be corrected.

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