Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says

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The Steam Link iOS app was actually approved by Apple on Monday, May 7th. It's likely that Cupertino simply doesn't want an app that links to another online store, since the App Store is such a large source of income. The app allows you to stream your library of Steam games to mobile devices where they can be played either with the touchscreen or a Bluetooth controller. But Apple has rejected the app, blocking its release, according to a statement from Steam's parent company, the Bellevue, Washington-based Valve Corp. Ultimately, the appeal was denied, leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release.

The website run by John Gruber, adds that "The new iOS 11 App Store really is run like an editorial-driven publication". It does what the Steam Link was created to do; let PC players stream their games over LAN to their phones, or the TV through Apple TV.

In a press release, Valve announced that Apple had previously approved the Steam Link app for release on the App Store on May 7, which was followed up by Valve's official announcement of the app on May 9.

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Valve is "clearly disappointed" about the decision, as the Steam Link iOS team "spent many hours on this project and the approval process". For its part, Valve said that it appealed to Apple because it does not agree that the Steam Link app is in violation of any App Store guidelines.

Apple now receives a 30 percent cut of what revenue developers earn from the App Store. "We are thrilled with the reaction to the new App Store and to see so many customers discovering and enjoying new apps and games", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. Its reason: business conflicts with app guidelines. Essentially meaning that there is no chance of seeing Steam Link on an Apple device.

As reported by ZDNet, Apple will begin revealing numbers for Government requests asking for App Store applications to be removed beginning in its July 1 - December 31, 2018 report.

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