Apple says the app violates several of its app guidelines

May 29, 2018 14:52 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 
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It would appear that Valve's Steam Link app may soon be released on iOS for iPhone and iPad users, as Apple's Phil Schiller informed the community that they left the door open for Valve's game streaming app.

Last week Apple rejected Valve's Steam Link app citing business conflicts with app guidelines, after previously approving the app on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices. The users' reaction was very negative, as you can imagine, and a MacStories reader emailed Apple asking why for the real reason why the company won't let Valve's Steam Link app in the iOS App Store.

Contrary to expectations, Apple's response was very pleasing, saying the door is open for Valve to push their Steam Link app into the iOS App Store, but not before they fix all the things that violate the App Store guidelines. Also, Apple said that they are working with Valve's engineers to address any of these issues, suggesting the Steam Link app could soon arrive for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users.

"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.," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.

Valve's Steam Link app lets you stream your Steam games to mobile devices

Already released for Android, Valve's Steam Link app promises to let iOS users stream their Steam games library to their iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV devices. It's some sort of a remote access app that works only if you're connected to your local area network (LAN) over either 5GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections to a Mac computer where the Steam Client desktop app is installed.

The Steam Link app supports Valve's Steam Controller over Bluetooth, as well as other Bluetooth-enabled controllers, mice, and keyboards. It works with Mac, Linux, and Windows PCs, and uses the same Steam In-Home Streaming technology that Valve used in the Steam Link device that lets you play your Steam games on any TV. The Steam Link app is free and has no in-app purchases.

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