GameStop suspends used games lending program for now


After that six months, subscribers would also be able to keep one of those used games. 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.

Since then, GameStop itself has confirmed the delay, saying that it has chose to "temporarily pause" the PowerPass service due to "a few program limitations we have identified". Customers who already bought the subscription will need to return their game and their pass to get a full refund. Kotaku's Jason Schreier reports that company employees said GameStop's computer system could not handle the stress of the PowerPass program, leading to what GameStop is calling a temporary setback rather than a full cancellation of the service.

According to leaked documentation regarding PowerPass, the service was supposed to officially launch on November 19.

The plan wasn't fully scraped, per those sources, as they were supposed to store the materials in the back room, indicating they would be put to use in the future.

Why GameStop suspended the service right after soft-launching it is unclear.

There is no word when the program will be reinstated.

GameStop's entrance into the game-rental market comes amid the company's continued financial difficulties.

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. Along similar lines, Nintendo is set to launch a Netflix-like service for classic retro games on its Switch platform in 2018.

Keep an eye out as GameStop provides more information about PowerPass, and possible changes to the program.