GameStop PowerPass unlimited games rental service has been delayed

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Unfortunately, they'll have to wait a little longer to take advantage of the program, as GameStop has temporarily halted the program, according to GameStop staff.

In a statement provided to GameSpot, the retailer said it made a decision to "temporarily pause" the launch of the subscription service due to "a few program limitations" that GameStop discovered.

If you already signed up for PowerPass, you can bring back your game and get your $60 refunded. They've been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

Assuming PowerPass is relaunched in a functional manner sometime in 2018, this is still not the outcome GameStop wanted right now.

"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. The program was originally scheduled to fully launch in the coming weeks, with sign-ups to begin on November 19. As well, those existing PowerPass customers are also being given a free pre-owned game to make up for the spontaneous change of plans.

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. The service soft-launched this week, so that could be where the issues were discovered.

Kotaku is reporting that GameStop is "temporarily pausing" the PowerPass program. Why?

Regardless, it's worth noting that, according to Kotaku, GameStop employees have simply been instructed to remove PowerPass advertising from the front of their stores and place it in the back for safekeeping. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.