Redbox confirmed to The Verge’s website on Monday that it would pull out of the game rental business, according tomedia reports. The company’s iconic rental kiosks offer the convenience of renting copies of movie entities, and they are one of the few places to rent copies of video game entities.
But if you want to rely on Redbox to rent or even buy a new PlayStation, Xbox or change game, you won’t be able to do that again. Redbox said in a statement that it would permanently exit the game business and focus on its film business in the future.
The company confirmed the news on Twitter after some Reddit users noticed on December 8th that Redbox’s game rental kiosk no longer offered video game rentals. Redbox said on Twitter that it would continue to offer its customers a game-buying service until early next year, but in a statement it stressed to The Verge that players would only be able to buy games from one Redbox kiosk by the end of the year.
For those who rely on Redbox as a convenient way to rent games, the change is certainly disappointing. With Redbox no longer offering rental services and the demise of rental stores like Blockbuster, there are fewer and fewer places to browse and rent games at will.