Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link, the app won't come to iOS

Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link, the app won't come to iOS
Valve announced early this month that it will make game streaming from PC/Mac to mobile devices possible via Steam Link app. Initially, the app was launched on Android, but Valve said an iOS version will be made available very soon as well.

Unfortunately, Steam Link app for iOS has been rejected by Apple even though the Cupertino-based company initially approve the app. Even though the team at Valve appealed and tried to explain Apple why Steam Link should be approved, they were ultimately denied.

Steam Link app allows users to stream games from their Steam library to a mobile device, but now that Apple rejected the app, it will not be available to iOS users. The decision is rather strange considering the many apps already available in the App Store offer the option to stream content to compatible devices. Perhaps there's more to these “business conflicts” that made Apple backtrack on its initial decision and decided to reject Steam Link, but I guess we'll never know.

source: Reddit



1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Apple is the biggest asshole, anti-consumer, piece of s**t company to exist on this planet. There isn't a month that goes by in which we don't hear Apple doing something stupid like this. If Apple has to release a system app, it will remove every competing app from the app store and then launch it's own app,.

4. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014


13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Have you ever think that if you don't have any purchased, download games, or even have an account on STEAM. How is this app useful?

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Well Steam started on Windows computers. But has evolved since then. There is lots of great content. Plus there is even VR apps. But 47AlphaTango if all you know and use is iOS and OS/X. Then you truly are ignorant to what is out in the world today. Hence the wall garden. But most likely Apple stopped it because you can purchase games on Steam. But if you do that from an iOS device, then Apple isn't getting their 30% cut of all the purchases. This is the truth. Apple greed at its best.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But if this was related to an upcoming system app, they would remove other PC streaming apps as well. It might be something completely different, perhaps related to privacy issues.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Steam doesn't just work with 2D/3D games and apps now. But Steam has VR and now there is even some AR apps as well. Those VR and AR apps would bring any iPhone to it's knees. I already know some VR apps alone would make any iPhone overheat and throttle down. One of the reasons why Apple hasn't got into VR with their iPhones. But most likey Apple wants control over all content, and access to a percentage of when users buy steam games.

2. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Haha, and IOS users keep trying to act as if they're superior because they have Fortnite. Now Android not only has 1 game that IOS can't play, we have a ton of high quality games that they can't use, while we can. The best part is that you don't even have to spend your money on mobile games, as Android users will now have access to their steam game library, which is filled with games they have already brought for their main gaming setup.

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I kinda agree. But steaming is not really something, that can be used with every game due to latency issues.

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yeah so long as you run upstairs to your PC and switch it on and then you can play games designed for 20+ inch monitors on your 6 inch display. The only devices this makes sense on is the Apple TV/Android TVs and if that’s the case you can get a steam in home streaming device for $20.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

What would make it almost perfect is direct Chromecast integration.

17. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh you know, like erm.. Fortnite? Playing that game on a smartphone is dumb. I have always had that opinion, and i still do. It's a game that is made for a computer, and it's just not working properly on a smartphone, it's a very dissapointing experience, which isn't exactly surprising.

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Only for you. But for others who doesn't have any STEAM account or STEAM games. How is this app useful for streaming games? Thinking about it. Accessing games on STEAM takes longer. And if the traffic on the server is worst. How can you play those STEAM games on your android mobile phone?

7. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

From their point of view it's access to another app store even if it is streaming, so it's no surprise they rejected it. I was playing around with this on my Shield TV the other day and it actually works well, great to see this feature available to other Android users.

8. whatev

Posts: 2319; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I think they will do what apple demands to make this app available on the AppStore, I don’t think they will stand still losing a lot of potential users

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Those potential users are already PC gamers. I doubt Steam will lose users over this.

12. whatev

Posts: 2319; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Users that don’t know about steam might become new users when they are aware of it through the main device they use

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7428; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Apple adds their 30% cut for each steam game purchase, then what percentage is left for steam themselves. This is the problem with Apples greedy platform. They want a cut of each purchase on steam when using it on iOS.

18. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

My concern is less about Steam on iOS but more for TVOS. If Steam app was to be approved for TVOS with 4K HDR support and Apple would finally release TrueHD 7.1 Atmos Support on a new software update as pormised, that would eliminate my need for you Nvidia Shield TV (2017) no matter how much that I love it.

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