UPDATE: It's taken a full year to convince Apple to change their mind, but the Steam Link app is now available for iOS. The Steam Link app allows users to stream their Steam library from their PC to Apple devices such as Apple TV, iPhones and iPads.
Apple originally rejected the Steam Link application due to conflicting "business interests". The sticking point was the Steam link can provide access to the Steam store through which games be purchased from Valve. Apple couldn't get a cut of this money and so rejected the app.
Fast forward a year and Apple has finally performed an about turn. It's unclear if anything has changed in terms of the app's functionality since then, although it appears not. It could well have something to do with the antitrust lawsuit Apple is currently battling. It alleges Apple's walled garden App Store is anti-competition and monopolistic.
All's well that ends well though, and if you have any Apple devices lying around then all you need to do is download the free Steam Link app from the App store and begin streaming games from your PC. You will require a 5Ghz network or wired Ethernet connection to the host computer which is running Steam.
Original Story: 25-May-2018 - Apple Delists Steam Link App From iOS Store Due to Conflicting 'Business Interests'
Valve’s recently release Steam Link app has been rejected from the iOS Store by Apple. The app functions much like a software version of Valve’s own Steam Link hardware, allowing users to stream games from their Steam library on their PC to their Apple device.
The Steam Link app had originally been approved by Apple but has since been removed due to conflicting with Apple’s “business interests”.
“On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, May 9th, Valve released news of the app,” Valve wrote in a statement. “The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team.”
“Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release,” Valve said. “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.”
With news like this, it’s not difficult to see why the likes of Valve are so vehemently opposed to closed ecosystems. This is a move that is actively to the detriment of Apple users, all for Apple’s ultimately selfish ends. While we’re in slightly tenous guesswork territory, it would appear that Apple isn’t pleased that the Steam Link app can be used to play games that haven’t been purchased through the App Store. There are competing apps available on iOS that can do similar things though, so quite what Apple's problem is, is unclear.
An anti-competitive move from Apple? A stern warning about closed ecosystems? Let us know your thoughts!