Gamestop Is Putting Their Power Pass Program On Pause

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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.

There is no word when the program will be reinstated. At the end of each 6-month subscription, you get to choose one used game to keep as your own.

According to GameStop staff speaking with Kotaku, the company told employees yesterday to pull down all signage relating to the program and store them in their backrooms.

GameStop's game subscription service is here, aaaand it's gone. GameStop is putting their Power Pass program on hold until some unspecified issues can be worked out.

That means any in-store advertisements for PowerPass have been removed and put in storage until further notice.

But according to a report from Kotaku, just days before the service's full launch on November 19th, GameStop has chose to "temporarily pause" the roll out of the new service. The company says that those who have already purchased the service can get a full return.

GameStop isn't exactly renowned for their exemplary reputation as a games retailer. "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. To sweeten the deal, they can bring home any pre-owned game for free for their troubles. 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.

It's understandable for a new program to experience hiccups as it approaches its launch - that's what soft launches are for, after all. The program was originally scheduled to fully launch in the coming weeks, with sign-ups to begin on November 19.



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