Apple Revokes Approval of Steam Link App; Rejected Due To “Business Conflicts With App Guidelines”


Valve’s Steam Link app allows users to connect their Android devices to their Steam accounts, and use the app to navigate through their library and play their favourite games on the go, thanks to “real-time encoding of H.264 video” and sending the game’s display over “custom low-latency network protocol.”

The application is currently available in its beta phase on Android devices, and was initially approved by Apple for addition to the iOS App Store. Unfortunately, Apple revoked the approval and rejected the application due to “business conflicts with app guidelines.”

On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, May 9th, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team. Valve appealed, explaining the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store. Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. 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.

We hope Apple and Valve manage to come to an agreement to add the Steam Link app to iOS devices.