Silly App Store bans have gone too far with Steam Link

Friday, 25 May, 2018

The app was originally touted as a way for gamers to "experience their Steam library of games on their iOS devices" while connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

The physical Steam Link box, which wirelessly pipes PC games to a TV. Valve says that Apple only pulled the approval after the public announcement of the 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. The app itself was released for Android earlier this week, but no mention was made of the iOS version.

Apple approved Steam Link for the App Store on May 7, only to reject it a couple of days later. Despite this, Valve says Apple denied the appeal, effectively blocking its release.

"The team here spent many hours on this project and the approval process, so we're clearly disappointed", Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi said in a statement to Reuters. But we hope Apple will reconsider in the future.A definite weird situation, and baffling too as the app store has no shortage of remote-desktop like apps in addition to mountains of shovel-ware. It seems possible its decision is related to concerns that the app circumvents the App Store, letting Valve sell games to iOS users without allowing Apple to get a cut, but that's purely speculation at this point. We doubt the company wants to use a device for which Steam Link isn't and might never be available to promote the service.

So that developers can not sidestep these fees, Apple demands that all purchases must be made through the App Store. The app was actually available on iOS in beta for a while before Apple pulled it. It immediately rejects any apps that sell virtual goods or services through their own or third-party stores.

Apps like LogMeIn, Chrome Remote Desktop, Microsoft Remote Desktop, and the beloved Screens all give users the ability to access and remotely control their desktop computers from an iPhone or iPad.

The Apple logo is seen on a computer screen in this illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, February 1, 2017.