Apple revoked Valve's Steam Link app approval over 'business conflicts'

Apple rejects Steam Link app on iOS

A press statement was later issued by Valve, explaining the issue surrounding the missing Steam Link app.

Valve has since released a statement where the Half-Life developer said that Apple approved Steam Link for release on May 7, but in the end rejected the app because there were conflicts that the iPhone maker didn't see in their first review of Steam Link. There are even streaming apps for iOS which use Nvidia's GameStream technology to remotely play titles running on a PC, just like the Steam Link app. And none of them have access to the Steam Link app now, which is a shame. The app utilizes Nvidia's GameStream protocol to stream games from a compatible PC to a mobile device with the app installed.

This is significant because it locks down Valve's ability to reach iOS users, and according to Valve it was done retroactively after the Steam Link app had been approved by Apple. The app was actually available on iOS in beta for a while before Apple pulled it.

"The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we're clearly disappointed".

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Starting with the Transparency Report period July 1 - December 31 2018, Apple will report on Government requests to take down Apps from the App Store in instances related to alleged violations of legal and/or policy provisions.

What Apple means by "business conflict" is entirely uncertain at this point.

Valvie is hoping Apple will reconsider in future, but it seems likely this is the end of the matter and Apple won't change its mind.

While this might not be a massive loss for Valve, it does go to show how hard it is to get apps approved for the App Store. And Apple, of course, would not allow any third-party app to replicate a core iOS/macOS feature.

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