Valve accuses Apple of rejecting Steam Link mobile streaming app

Valve accuses Apple of rejecting Steam Link mobile streaming app

However, the Steam Database Twitter account has posted that Apple revoked its approval of the app on May 10, just one day after Valve released the news. Ultimately, the appeal was denied, leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. The following Wednesday, Valve released news that the Steam Link app had been approved and would soon be available for iOS devices. Aside from the use of GameStream, the main difference between Steam Link and Moonlight is the latter only works with Nvidia GPUs, the former works with Nvidia and AMD. That means iPhone and iPad users won't be able to install Valve's game streaming app on their devices.

It'll be interesting to see the number of requests Apple receives to remove apps from the App Store due to government requests, and the number of apps that actually do get removed.


Valve explained in it's appeal that the Steam app functions as a local area network (LAN) based remote desktop client that is similar to other remote desktop applications offered in the App Store. We can only hope that the two companies work it out as the decision clearly disappoints lots of Apple TV users that were looking forward to playing PC games on the largest screen in the house. However, it now seems Steam Link will not be appearing on iTunes or the Apple App Store at the moment. Apple takes a 30 percent cut of such purchases made within apps distributed through its App Store. The most obvious reason is the fact Apple views Steam as a threat to its business model.

For now, I'm quite enjoying the app on my Android phone, and if you want to try something similar and have an Nvidia GPU in your PC, you can download the Moonlight app that does nearly the exact same thing and is Apple approved.

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