Just because Apple rejected Steam Link for iOS doesn’t mean your dreams of PC-to-iPhone game streaming are finished. Apple senior VP Phil Schiller has been emailing Steam users with word that it will “continue to work with” Valve on developing a Steam Link version that follows the App Store’s rules. That’s not a guarantee that you’ll be streaming games in the near future, but it does leave a door open.
The email shed further light on just why Apple gave Steam Link the boot, and suggested that a resolution would be tricky. The iOS app reportedly broke App Store guidelines surrounding “user generated content, in-app purchases, content codes” and similar factors. In other words, its objections seem to revolve around the nature of Steam. While there are already general-purpose remote desktop clients on the App Store, Steam Link’s narrow focus was apparently problematic — it may have seen Valve siphoning away App Store purchases by letting them access PC games in the other room.