Apple Just Removed Valve's Steam Link App From the iOS App Store

Apple also denied Steam's appeal.

News by Matt Kim, .

Earlier this month Valve announced that it would be releasing a new, standalone Steam Link app that would let players stream their PC games on Steam to their phones. The app is currently available for Android devices, but Valve has just announced that Apple has rejected the app for the iOS App Store.

"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," says Valve in a press release.

According to Valve, the company appealed to Apple, claiming that the app "simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store."

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However, that appeal was denied which leaves the Steam link app unavailable on the iOS. With the appeal denied, Valve sas that it hopes Apple will reconsider in the future.

The Apple App Store is different in many ways from Android's Google Play Store. The App ecosystem is highly regulated, and that extra security is a key selling point of the App Store. But, Apple occasionally takes a portion of the proceeds from sales generated from one of its apps leading some to claim Apple is monopolizing the apps on its stores. Some functions, like making digital purchases through the Amazon app on iOS devices are disabled as a result.

This leaves Android the only OS with access to Valve's Steam Link App. So if you're a PC gamer who's hoping to stream their games to their phones, it better be an Android device.

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  • Avatar for Keivz #1 Keivz 5 months ago
    Apple never ceases to amaze. They have no shame. A curse on your house Apple. A curse on your house
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  • Avatar for UnskippableCutscene #2 UnskippableCutscene 5 months ago
    My guess: Valve enabled the ability to buy games through Big Picture Mode (it's not like the client itself does anything to prevent you from accessing specific Big Picture functions) and that triggered the in-app-purchase clause.

    Valve could probably make it work, but would need some kind of baby web server or something running on the host machine that would report to the app what apps are installed and only VNC in once the app is running.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #3 MetManMas 5 months ago
    I was pretty interested in this Steam Link app when I saw the PC streaming part, but then I checked Android and saw the words "Stream games from your computer with Steam" and was greatly disappointed.

    Like, I was hoping this was PlayStation Now or Japanese Switch RE7 streaming, where I could play PC games on my tablet without needing a powerful computer...or a computer. I'd subscribe to that! But it's just a way to stream games from your existing PC to your mobile device. Boo!

    But on topic, best of luck to Valve in regards to getting Steam back on iOS.
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  • Avatar for LBD_Nytetrayn #4 LBD_Nytetrayn 5 months ago
    Oh, is this why I can't just buy my next comic in the ComiXology app or a game through the Xbox or PlayStation apps?

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  • Avatar for not_themilkybarkid #5 not_themilkybarkid 5 months ago
    @LBD_Nytetrayn Yup. The Apple tax strikes again.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #6 VotesForCows 5 months ago
    These two both have a penchant for seemingly arbitrary decisions about what can be on their platforms. They're as bad a each other.
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