Apple Rejects Valve’s Steam Link App, Blocking Its Release

Doris Richards
May 25, 2018

A couple of weeks ago we reported that Valve was on the cusp of releasing its Steam Link app for iOS - with Android to follow.

The Steamlink app was meant to allow gamers to stream games to their phones from their PCs. Valve apparently tried to appeal the ruling, pointing out the abundance of free game-streaming apps already live in the marketplace.

Valve says that it has appealed the decision, but Apple has stood firm on the rejection.

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

The Steam Link app was slated to release on May 21 for both iOS and Android devices, but it seems like the former option may no longer be a viable platform.

The odd retraction leaves iOS owners hoping to use Steam Link in limbo. The highly anticipated Steam Link app would have let users play their Steam library of games on the iPhone, iPad or Apple TV while connected to a host system on the same network.


Steam Link app users will also note that the software features support for the Steam controller as well as various MFI controllers, though it appears that the Steam controller itself will only function within Steam's own app. Analysts believe those purchases are among the primary drivers of revenue in Apple's services business, which includes the App Store, iCloud and Apple Music.

This isn't the first time Apple has run foul with developers.

Why are other remote desktop clients allowed? Steam Link has been available on Google Play for the better part of the week, albeit in beta. These transactions take place outside of the App Store, so Apple doesn't get its cut. Isn't every remote desktop service breaking exactly the same rules?

Valve spent "many hours" developing Steam Link for iOS, it says, which could well have been completely wasted.

When Apple's strict guidelines come at a cost for consumers, it hurts.

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