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14 November 2017, 11:51 | Jodi Jackson
For now buying games at Game Stop requires old-fashioned monetary exchange
"We are working through some of the program limitations we have identified to ensure the PowerPass subscription service delivers an exceptional experience for our customers", a spokesperson said in an email.
Customers looking forward to the rollout of GameStop's new game rental program, PowerPass, will have to press pause on those plans. It was a decent way to incentivize going to GameStop rather than just downloading all of your games.
The service, which soft-launched this week at some locations, is called PowerPass.
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. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.
With PowerPass, subscribers would be able to rent an unlimited number of used games from the retailer, essentially making it an alternative to the local library and things like GameFly.
Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now. 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. To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles. Meanwhile, the Steam platform from Valve made this the preferred method for PC gamers years ago. Although GameStop didn't get into specifics, it did confirm that it has chose to delay the introduction of the program - for now. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.
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