Apple Denies Steam Link App Due to ‘Business Conflicts’

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Earlier this month, Valve officially announced a brand new Steam Link app for iOS which would allow users to play games from their Steam library on their PC directly on their iOS device, thanks to Wi-Fi streaming.

But it looks like that dream has fallen short, as MacRumors reports on Thursday that Apple has actually denied the Steam Link app for iOS (and Apple TV) based on a determination of “business conflicts”. Apple’s app reviewers actually approved the app for release on May 7, but, according to Apple, those reviewers missed conflicts in their initial review process.

“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.”

Valve, for its part, has tried to appeal Apple’s decision, but that has not worked out in the company’s favor just yet. Valve is trying to get as much attention on the situation as possible, all in an effort to get Apple to change its decision based on public outcry.

The app was initially intended to launch this week in the iOS App Store, but it doesn’t look like it will be arriving any time soon.

Our Take

Valve sums it up pretty well in their statement, stating that the Steam Link app is just a LAN-based Remote Desktop, allowing for Steam Library owners to play their games on their mobile devices and not on their PCs. That shouldn’t get them banned. But it absolutely does lead to some very interesting questions, considering that “business conflicts” as a reason to ban the app seems to suggest Apple is working on something similar. With WWDC right around the corner, it seems like interesting timing.

[via MacRumors]