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Apple rejects Steam Link app for iPhone and iPad


It looks like Steam Link won’t be coming to iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV anytime soon. According to a press statement released today by Valve, Apple has rejected the remote gaming app due to “business conflicts.” It’s not unusual for Apple to reject apps that too closely align with its own apps, but at this time, Apple doesn’t have anything like Steam Link available, especially specifically for playing games on Steam.

It’s possible Apple considers the Steam Link app to be too similar to its own mirroring feature, which allows you to cast content from your iPhone or iPad to Apple TV. However, Steam Link is not entirely unlike any standard remote app like Duet Display, which allows you to create a second screen to display content from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.

Whatever the details of the business conflict, Apple appears to be taking a hard stance on this. Valve has already appealed the initial revocation, which happened after the app was approved, and the appeal was also rejected.

Below is Valve’s original statement (via: MacRumors):

On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, 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.

Below is the original posting about Valve’s Steam Link app for iPhone announcement:

If you’re a gamer chances are you have a Steam account. Steam is not only an amazing source for PC and Mac games, but they also offer movies and other digital products to millions and millions of users.

Today Valve (the company that owns Steam) announced they will be bringing two new apps to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to help extend the reach and accessibility of their services. The Steam Link app and the Steam Video app are set to launch later this year, with the former even launching this month!

What is Steam Link?

In short, its an app that will allow you to play your Steam games on your mobile devices; however, it’s not quite as simple as it sounds.

“The Steam Link app, slated to launch the week of May 21st, allows gamers to experience their Steam library of games on their Android (phone, tablet, TV) and iOS-based (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV) devices while connected via 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet to a host system (Mac or PC), with Android access initially offered in beta.”

It’s important to remember this isn’t really mobile gaming, as you’ll need a super strong internet connection on the same network as your host device (PC or Mac) or an Ethernet connection. Of course, this does give you the ability to play your entire Steam library as long as you have the necessary connection.

Valve also went on to say that both the Steam controller and MFi controllers would be supported by the Steam Link app.

What is Steam Video

The Steam Video app is a much simpler service.

“Later this summer, the Steam Video app is targeted for release, allowing users to enjoy the thousands of movies and shows available on Steam directly via their Android and iOS devices over Wi-Fi or LTE. In direct response to customer feedback, it will offer the ability to enjoy content in offline and streaming modes.”

In short, you’ll be able to watch your content on your iPhone or iPad whenever you want as long as you have an internet connection. Plus, it appears you’ll be able to download content onto your device for viewing offline, which is definitely a welcome addition.

What do you think?

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