Apple revokes initial approval of Steam Link app with unclear reasoning


Gamers all around the world were excited for the future of mobile gaming on their smartphones and tablets with Valve's touted Steam Link app, but Apple being the courageous company they are have rejected the app on iOS over "business conflicts". The frustrating part is, Apple did approve the Steam Link app on the 7th of May, at which time, Valve publicly announced the release.

Apple ultimately denied the appeal and blocked the app's release on iOS.

The odd retraction leaves iOS owners hoping to use Steam Link in limbo.

Steam Link is the latest of Valve's efforts to make Steam games accessible outside the usual PC setup.

"[Valve explained that] the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote-desktop applications already available on the App Store", reads Valve's comment.

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Valve is understandably hacked off having spent many hours on this project and the approval process. However, it now seems Steam Link will not be appearing on iTunes or the Apple App Store at the moment.

It's clear that Valve was blindsided by Apple's decision-the lead image for this article, which shows an iPhone running Steam Link with a third-party controller attached, is still live on the Steam Link web page.

Steam and Apple have conflicting business models.

"Today, we are asking Apple to commit to allowing free trials for all apps in the App Stores by the tenth anniversary of the App Store this July". Chinese regulators also forced Apple to remove Microsoft Corp's Skype internet phone and messaging app from the App Store in China. I was looking forward to testing out Steam in-home streaming once again on my iPad, but unless Apple changes its mind, we won't be getting that opportunity.