GameStop ‘Game Pass’ Typo Sends Xbox Fans Into a Panic
Recently, news that suggested Microsoft plans to push Xbox-exclusive titles onto competing platforms caused Xbox fans the world over to suffer from a collective burst of dismay and outrage. It saw some sizeable Xbox personalities take to social media to announce their ‘abandonment’ of Team Green and prompted Phil Spencer to announce a business update scheduled for next week, which should help clear the air.
However, another stab of panic was dealt suddenly by GameStop hours ago, with the retailer uploading a banner to its website that mentioned ‘Microsoft Game Pass’. It was a typo that has since been corrected to read ‘Xbox Game Pass’, but it was enough to send some gamers over the edge.
Let’s Calm Down
It was awful timing from GameStop, with the North American video games retailer revealing ‘approved branding’ containing the term ‘Microsoft Game Pass’. Immediately, it looked like Microsoft was stripping the Xbox name from the subscription service, perhaps preparing to – somehow – make it multi-platform and accessible to competitors.
Since images of this blunder hit social media, GameStop has amended the banner to rightfully read ‘Xbox Game Pass’, but hasn’t offered anything in the way of an apology or an explanation. That alone has prompted some Xbox fans to believe that a reveal is still on the way and GameStop simply ‘jumped the gun’ with the announcement.
If it wasn’t enough that Xbox gamers are mourning the potential loss of their exclusive franchises and the downfall of their hardware, GameStop almost had them flying off the handle about their top-tier subscription service that they cherish.