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Apple Rejection Of The Steam Link App

If you wanted to stream certain games from your PC to an Apple device – such as an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV – you might find it a bit difficult, and maybe even impossible. Apple has rejected Valve’s Steam Link app, after previously saying it would be made available on the App Store.

Steam Link is a free app that allows you to stream your Steam games to phones, tablets, and TV. It’s currently available in a beta version on Android.

Here at Blue Whale Media, the web development company Manchester, we think it’s been a rather confusing time for the PC gaming giant Valve and its fans. So it’s probably best to breakdown recent events into a simple chronology.

Here’s a list of significant dates… 

7 May – Apple approved the Steam Link app for release.

9 May – Apple changed its mind and said the App didn’t fit in with its guidelines.

4 June – Apple updated its guidelines, and many are now wondering if Steam Link could be available via the App Store after all. 

What Was The Reason For The Rejection?

Here at our web development company Manchester we’ve been following this news closely. And we’ve been wondering: what was the reason for the rejection?

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller has said on a Reddit post: “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.”

What Has Valve Said In Response To The Rejection?

Our web development company Manchester thinks the key phrase in Apple’s statement has to be that Steam Link “violates a number of guidelines”. But exactly how it breaks those rules has not been fully explained – or at least it hasn’t been explained to the public.

Valve has said that “the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store”.

And the company is upset by this outcome. “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,” said Valve in its statement.  

What Might Happen In The Future?

Our website design Manchester agency has also noticed how industry insiders now believe that the Steam Link app might appear on the App Store after all. The new guidelines have updated the Remote Application Mirroring policy. This now states that App Store will offer apps that allow iPads, iPhones or Apple TVs to show what’s on the screen of the connected PC. And that’s pretty much what Steam Link does.

But the main sticking point seems to be that Apple forbids a “store-like” interface, so Valve may be forced to restrict Apple users from accessing the game library. 

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