Valve’s Steam Link App Rejected By Apple

Valve’s Steam Link App created for iOS and Android devices finally arrived, allowing “gamers to experience their Steam library of games” as long as they’re connected to “via 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet to a host system (Mac or PC)”. Unfortunately, quite a few smartphone users may not get to utilize this next-level idea after all. Though both iOS and Android users were initially planned for simultaneous launch, it seems Apple decidedly reneged their approval.

According to a press release, Apple believed that the Steam Link App conflicted with their personal business model. Realizing that perhaps there had been a communication error, Valve attempted to reach out to elaborate on the nature of the application and see if they would have a change of heart. Following that, Apple never issued an official response. In any case, Valve is hoping to gain their approval once more. The full statement is as follows:

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.”

Apple has not yet to respond. For the time being, Android users, what are your thoughts on the Steam Link App thus far? Do you think Apple should get on board with Valve or do you think they have other stakeholders to consider instead? Side note, don’t forget to update the firmware for the Steam Controller if you have one! Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on DFTG Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here’s some of our latest:

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