One year after Apple rejected it from entering the App Store, the Steam Link app is now available to stream games from using Steam libraries on Mac and PC to compatible iPhones, iPads, or Apple TVs.
Announces over a year ago, Steam Link promised to deliver iOS and tvOS access to desktop class games through a smart software solution that streams game video to a client device while relaying the controller commands back to the host computer.
The app works with both a wired Ethernet connection or a 5 GHz Wi-Fi network, which is responsible for transferring the video and game data between connected devices.
Apple approved the Steam Link for distribution, but received the approval three days later. Valve in a statement at that time said Apple told violations of App Store Guidelines, especially "business conflicts with app guidelines", in revoking the approval.
Apple SVP by Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller confirmed the move in an email to customers, saying that the app "violates a number of policies on user generated content, purchase of apps, content codes, etc." The ability to buy games – via roundabout methods – from the steam store was thought to be among the problems played in Apple's decision.
Schiller continued to say that Apple worked with Valve to update the app for recovery. Why did the gaming company take a year to ease the changes needed to get back to the App Store, is unknown.
The latest App Store supplement was listed in a tweet from former Valve VR engineer Nat Brown.
Steam Link is a free 28.8MB download from the App Store.