GameStop Expects Gamers To Hold Onto Their Nintendo Switch Longer

Sometimes gamers buy a console and later they decide they don’t like it, or get bored with it, or want something else, so they sell it or trade it in. However with the Nintendo Switch, it seems that GameStop believes that gamers will be holding on to the console longer than the competition.

This is according to GameStop’s interim CEO Daniel DeMatteo during the company’s quarterly financial conference call to investors. According to DeMatteo, he claims that gamers are very engaged with the console and are enjoying the first-party titles available for it. GameStop’s Chief Operating Officer Tony Bartel also stated that the company usually sees an average of 180 days before consoles and games are traded in in significant numbers after launch, but they expect the Switch to defy those conventions.

As DualShockers points out, the PS4 and Xbox One are similar to each other in the games that they offer and in terms of hardware. Obviously there are differences, but for the most part games on the PS4 can be found on the Xbox One, and vice versa, which mean that trading in a PS4 for an Xbox One makes sense, while trading in a PS4 for Switch or the other way around would be a completely different gaming experience.

That being said, the Switch has been enjoying a fair amount of success, having sold close to 8 million units since launch, and also having the honor of being named TIME’s top gadget of 2017.

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GameStop Delays Unlimited Game Rental Service Before Launch

GameStop announced a new rental subscription service last month which would allow subscribers to rent as many used games as they wanted for a six-month period. All they had to do was pay a flat fee for the privilege. GameStop said that it was going to launch the service on November 19th. However, merely days before the service’s launch, GameStop has reportedly decided to pause the launch of the unlimited used game rental service.

Kotaku reports that GameStop has told its employees to pull down all promotional material related to the PowerPass subscription program. They’ve been told to store the material in their backrooms until further notice.

It’s unclear why GameStop has decided to do this but some store employees suggest that limitations related to the company’s old computers likely caused this.

“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,” a GameStop spokesperson said.

GameSpot did do a soft launch of its PowerPass service. It offers subscribers any used game in a store for six months in return for $60. The company says that those who have already purchased the service can get a full return. GameStop is yet to confirm if and when this program will be launched again.

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GameStop Launches ‘PowerPass’ Game Rental Service

The concept of borrowing videos to take home to watch and returning them later isn’t exactly new, but what about video games? It turns out that GameStop has plans to introduce a similar rental service for video game as the company has announced “PowerPass”, a service that is expected to be officially launched on the 19th of November.

This is according to an exclusive report from GameRant in which their source at the retailer confirmed their plans. Prior to this, GameStop’s PowerPass program was leaked in an ad but we guess with this confirmation, we know that it is real. How it works is pretty straightforward: gamers pay $60 for a 6-month membership where during that 6-month period, they will be able to swap used games as many times as they want. At the end of their membership, members will be able to choose a game to keep.

However there is a catch to this program and that is in order to participate, customers of GameStop need to be PowerUp Rewards members. The PowerUp Rewards membership has several tiers, some of which do carry an annual fee, but either way it’s something to take note of if you do plan on taking advantage of the PowerPass program.

That being said, it does sound like a pretty good idea. After all some games sound good in theory but don’t necessarily play well, which means that gamers can potentially save themselves a lot of money in the process by trying games that they might not necessarily plan on replaying or keeping.

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GameStop Confirms Credit Card Data Breach

If you’re someone who shops frequently at GameStop or who might have shopped there recently, it might be time to start paying attention to your credit card statements. In a report from Kotaku, they and several readers have received emails from GameStop informing them that their systems were breached and that information such as credit card data might have been stolen.

This comes on the heels of a report from back in April in which GameStop revealed that they were investigating a possible breach, and it looks like this email pretty much confirms it. In a statement provided to Kotaku, “GameStop identified and addressed a potential security incident that was related to transactions made on GameStop’s website during a specific period of time. GameStop mailed notification letters to customers who made purchases during that time frame advising them of the incident and providing information on steps they can take.”

The information that might have been stolen during the breach also includes names of customers and addresses, along with credit card data. This supposedly affects customers who have made an online order with the company between the 10th of August, 2016 until the 9th of February, 2017. It is unclear as to how many customers might have been affected as a result of this breach, so like we said, perhaps it’s time to start monitoring your credit card statements for potential fraudulent activity.

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GameStop Investigates Breach Of Customer Payment Data From Website

Things aren’t going that well for GameStop. It recently announced the closure of at least 150 stores across the United States and if that wasn’t enough, the company is also investigating a possible breach of customer financial data from its website. Those who made a purchase via GameStop’s website using their bank card over the past few months should pay attention.

KrebsOnSecurity reports that two sources in the financial industry have informed it that alerts have been received from a credit card processor. It’s possible that customers’ financial data might have been breached from September 2016 till the first week of February 2017. The company’s website may have been compromised around this time.

The stolen information is likely to include credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, and even the 3-digit security code. Even customer names and addresses are said to have been breached which should be a red flag as that’s essentially everything that’s required to make a card purchase online in most cases.

GameStop has acknowledged that it was tipped off by a third party that information related to payment cards used on its website was being sold online. It says that a leading security firm was engaged to investigate the matter that very day.

“Gamestop has and will continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate measures to eradicate any issue that may be identified. We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers,” it added.

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Walmart Video Game Trade-In Puts GameStop At Risk

Walmart Video Game Trade In Puts GameStop At Risk

Walmart is one of the biggest retailers in the U.S., certainly one that is most frequented by millions of customers everyday. The retailer is now expanding into a new territory while offering its customers more bang for their buck. Walmart has confirmed that it is now going to accept video game trade-ins from March 26th. This means that it will take in a customer’s used video game and offer them a gift card. The gift card would be good to purchase anything at Walmart or Sam’s Club.


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