November 19th was the set date of the Power Pass program from Gamestop. This program would allow customers to pay a one-time charge of $60 to take out one used game at a time from any Gamestop store and then exchange for another. Customers would also be able to keep one game they play of their choice at the end of their subscription. News broke out that Gamestop has now decided to pause the launch of this service until further notice.
A Gamestop representative told Kotaku:
“We have elected to temporarily pause the roll out of the new Power Pass 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.”
It sounds like Gamestop themselves or perhaps their equipment wasn’t able to handle the amount of traffic or operations the program would require. For those who already purchased the subscription, they can bring back the game they took out for a full refund. They also have the choice of picking out any pre-owned game for free. This comes as a disappointment to many gamers who were waiting for the program. No news yet has been announced regarding the new release date of the service.