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GameStop suspends PowerPass pre-owned program

GameStop’s new pre-owned rental scheme has been abruptly paused and possibly abandoned altogether. Kotaku reports that the chain yesterday told employees to take down all PowerPass signage. The scheme only launched last week. In a worrying sign for users, those who had already registered are being asked to return their …

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GameStop introduces pre-owned PowerPass rental service

Retailer GameStop has sort of just become a Blockbuster for games. Kotaku reports that its new PowerPass program offers a six-month membership program for $60. Once signed up, members can pick up games from the retailer’s pre-owned library and play them for as long as they want. There’s no limit …

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GameStop talks digital pre-owned ‘barriers’, says new consoles ‘imminent’

Retail’s hope of integrating the digital games market into its pre-owned model looks less likely than ever. There have been various effort and legal attempts to enforce the allowed trade-in and resale of digital games over the years, but GameSpot reports that GameStop COO Tony Bartel has said at the …

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Microsoft surveys about possible digital games buy-backs

Gamers may in the future be able to sell their digital Xbox purchases back to Microsoft. As spotted by Neogaf, a survey has been sent out to Xbox owners asking whether they’d be willing to hand their digital purchases back to Microsoft in return for a rebate (in the form …

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Now French consumer group is taking Valve to court over pre-owned re-sales

First it was Germany and now France is doing its bit to try and force Valve to allow Steam users to re-sell their digital purchases. French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir is unhappy about some of clauses in Steam’s subscriber agreement, as translated by Reddit. As with the German case, UFC …

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Two years after its presumed death, pre-owned is thriving

Boxed game sales are falling and the dearth of digital data means the true state of the market remains largely a mystery. But one tried and tested retail sector is certainly in rude health. As recently as 2013, retail feared that next-gen consoles might mark the end for pre-owned games. …

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Amazon ditches its trade-in program

By the end of the month customers will no longer be able to trade-in their old video games at Amazon. Until now a whole host of products – including but not limited to video games – could be traded in on the site. However, the entire process is being scrapped. …

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GameStop hasn’t given up on pre-owned digital games

The idea of pre-owned digital games has been flying around for a while, and retailer GameStop still hopes to one day get the idea off the ground. "It’s still an opportunity that’s out there," GameStop merchandising director Eric Bright told GameSpot during a meeting at E3 last month. "I think …

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GAME signs three-year disc repair deal with TDR

Despite the rise of digital and various efforts by publishers to battle the popularity of pre-owned games, it looks like the sector isn’t going anywhere. UK retailer GAME seemingly agrees, following the announcement of a new deal that it hopes will ‘boost confidence’ in the trade-in and resale of used …

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Console version of Elder Scrolls Online won’t be locked out of pre-owned market

UPDATE: Bethesda has confirmed that no CD key will be required for the console version of the game. "The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one-time game code, as with any other boxed PS4/Xbox One game only the game disc is needed …

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