GameStop abruptly cancels PowerPass subscriptions

GameStop’s new used game rental service has been shelved due to logistic errors.

GameStop has shelved its long-rumored PowerPass subscription just after it officially kicked off. PowerPass let customers pay $60 to rent one used game at a time for a six-month period. At the end of the subscription, customers could keep one of the games they rented.

As reported by Kotaku earlier today, the retail goliath advised its stores to pull down all signage and promotional material for PowerPass from the stores. While it remains unclear why the retailer is putting PowerPass on pause, speculation points to GameStop’s computer system as being  ill-equipped for the new rental program. According to Kotaku’s sources, GameStop is calling the shelving of PowerPass “temporary,” so it’s possible another iteration of the subscription service will make a return in the future.

As of right now, GameStop’s only addressed the shelving of PowerPass when Kotaku reached out for comment. A GameStop spokesperson responded, saying, “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.”

Surprisingly, none of GameStop’s social channels have addressed the abrupt cancellation of PowerPass. Still, Kotaku has confirmed that the retailer will allow customers that already started their PowerPass subscriptions to get their money back, plus keep one free used game of their choice.

What’s your take on GameStop’s cancellation of the PowerPass? Was there enough value in the subscription to pique your interest? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter.

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