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Steam Link App Rejected By Apple, Will Apple Reconsider?

If you are an iOS user and you play games on Steam, you must have been definitely looking forward to the iOS Steam Link app by Valve. The app can stream games from PC to your mobile device but there is bad news. The app is rejected by Apple and will not be available to download through the App Store

The selling point of Valve’s Steam Link app is allowing users to stream games from your Steam library to mobile devices including tablets and smartphones to up to 4K 60 FPS depending on the display of your mobile device.

Valve’s Steam Link app for game streaming won’t be coming to iOS for now despite being released successfully on Android earlier this month. This was revealed by official Steam Database Twitter account with a statement which reads:

On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Wed, May 9th, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team. Valve appealed, explaining the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store. Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we’re clearly disappointed. But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future

It’s unclear what “business conflict” means here according to Apple. This could also be against Apple’s guidelines one of which requires a 30-percent revenue share for any purchases made inside the app. It may also be due to Steam Link app allowing users to access another app store which is Steam, which is outside the Apple’s controlled ecosystem and Apple always seems to have a hard time letting others inside it.