Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link from the iOS App Store

Apple rejects Valve’s Steam Link from the iOS App Store

A post on Reddit revealed that, prior to the Steam Link announcement, the iOS version of the app was already approved.

Apple had originally approved the app for launch on the official Apple App store on May 7.

It looks like Valve's Steam Link app, which lets you stream games from your PC to your mobile device, will remain an Android exclusive, marking a unusual win for the Google Play store.

Apple ultimately denied the appeal and blocked the app's release on iOS.

The website run by John Gruber, adds that "The new iOS 11 App Store really is run like an editorial-driven publication". 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.

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The Steam Link service allows players to remotely stream games from their desktop PC to a mobile device, by accepting inputs from the original device and streaming them as video to the user's tablet, phone or TV. According to a report from Sensor Tower, the new App Store design brought an 800% increase in downloads for Featured apps.

Valve is understandably hacked off having spent many hours on this project and the approval process.

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.

In light of Facebook's most recent and biggest scandal, Apple has often touted its more direct and human-curated system of screening apps that go into its app stores. Its reason: business conflicts with app guidelines.

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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