Last week, Apple rejected the Steam Link app from the iOS App Store citing business conflicts. Given the number of Steam users eagerly looking forward to the release of the app, the move led to Apple receiving a lot of criticism. Some angered users even ended up shooting an email to Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller. The latter has taken the time to respond to such emails and provided more insight as to why the app was rejected from the App Store.
In the email, Phil says that Apple greatly cares about bringing “great games” to all App Store users, and it would love “Valve’s games and services to be on iOS and AppleTV.” However, the Steam Link iOS app in its current iteration as submitted to Apple violated a number of App Store guidelines around user-generated content, in-app purchases, content codes, and more which is why it was rejected. Apple has been discussing these issues with Value and hopes to work with them to solve them thereby allowing the Steam Link app to make its way to the App Store.
Below is the email from Phil Schiller in full:
Thank you for your email and being a customer of Apple products and the App Store.
We care deeply about bringing great games to all of our users on the App Store. We would love for Valve’s games and services to be on iOS and AppleTV.
Unfortunately, the review team found that Valve’s Steam iOS app, as currently submitted, violates a number of guidelines around user generated content, in-app purchases, content codes, etc. We’ve discussed these issues with Valve and will continue to work with them to help bring the Steam experience to iOS and AppleTV in a way that complies with the store’s guidelines.
We put great effort into creating an App Store that provides the very best experience for everyone. We have clear guidelines that all developers must follow in order to ensure the App Store is a safe place for all users and a fair opportunity for all developers.
The Steam Link app would have allowed iOS users to access their Steam library right on their iPhone or iPad. The feature would have required their PC to be connected over Ethernet or over a 5GHz network for optimum performance. The app has already seen a beta release on Android where it has become popular among Steam users.
From Phil’s email, it is clear that the Steam Link app is not going to make its way to the App Store anytime soon. So, if you have been hoping for a miracle, it is better to keep your hopes in check.