For those of you who would like to get a chance to use the Steam Link app on your iPhone, that will not come to be. Valve released an official statement today, which we have for you below, letting fans and users know that Apple rejected their app for use on iOS.
On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, May 9th, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team. Valve appealed, explaining the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store. Ultimately, that appeal was denied leaving the Steam Link app for iOS blocked from release. 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.
While it isn’t news to see Apple reject an app for iOS, the current speculation online is that they’ve done so because like a lot of other companies, they’re working on their own similar system. But with nothing to back that up at the moment, it’s only speculation. We’ll keep an eye on this as Apple has yet to respond to the rejection announcement.