Apple blocks Steam's plan to extend its video games to iPhones

Sheri Evans
May 26, 2018

Apps often land first on iOS, and maybe later on Android, but that's not the case with the latest app from gaming service Steam. Valve states, "we hope Apple will reconsider in the future", but there is no guarantee that Apple will decide to budge on its vague reasoning for blocking the Steam Link app from its platform. Via an upcoming Steam Link app, Android and iOS users would be able to play their PC games on their mobile devices, with some caveats. Some have speculated that Apple sees Steam Link is threatening to the App Store's profits, as people could just play their existing Steam library instead of buying iOS games, but I'm not too sure about that. The process rules out LTE.

The Steamlink app was meant to allow gamers to stream games to their phones from their PCs. 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. Valve appealed, but it was eventually denied.

That's pretty much a blank term for things that Apple considers to be competing with its own services and products.

The details behind these business conflicts with app guidelines are now unclear since the app is quite similar in core functionality to other apps available on the App Store.

Apple now receives a 30 percent cut of what revenue developers earn from the App Store. And yet, Apple won't allow Valve's client because it somehow breaches App Store guidelines.

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Apple takes a 30 percent cut of all revenue developers make from iOS apps and games.

Why, then, is Apple happy to approve these clients but it won't approve Steam Link?

One of the major frustrations for developers trying to launch an app on Apple's App Store is having that app rejected without a clear reason as to why.

When Apple's strict guidelines come at a cost for consumers, it hurts. The Android app went into public beta last week.

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