The app was supposed to show up on Apple TV and iOS this week but Apple has apparently reversed its decision citing “business conflicts with app guidelines”, according to Valve.
- “On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Wednesday, 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 said in a press statement. “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.”
Apple has not responded publicly so it is not clear exactly what has changed in the meantime. 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.
Update: Reuters reports that the conflict likely "centers on what are known as in-app purchases".