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Steam application for streaming games debuted on iPhone and iPad, a year after the dispute



Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., spoke at Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, United States on Monday June 4, 2018.

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Steam Link, a free app that allows gamers to play computer games on mobile devices, is now available to download Apple's platforms, including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

The introduction of Steam Link to Apple's devices is a surprise after an episode in May 2018, when Valve, the parent of Steam, publicly stated that the Apple App Store had rejected the business conflicts application.

Steam Link uses the processor power on a desktop or laptop computer to deliver graphics intensive games purchased on Steam on mobile devices or home network decoders.

Games are a major component of Apple's App Store, and Steam is essentially a computer games app store. App Store rules allow Apple to reject any app that includes an app distribution platform, but last summer Apple has updated its guidelines to allow mirror services such as Steam Link as long as they make purchases on the desktop.

"We'd like Valve's games and services to be on iOS and AppleTV," said Apple's vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, in an email to some customers last May. "Unfortunately, the review team found that the Valve application for Steam iOS, as it currently stands, violates a number of guidelines for user-generated content, in-app purchases, content codes, etc."

Steam Link is available for Android users in beta since last year. In March, Apple announced Apple Arcade, a subscription service for games supported by Apple for iPhone and other Apple devices.

The Steam Link application requires a 5GHz Wi-Fi network or a wired Ethernet connection. It supports the Steam controller as well as controllers made for iPhone and iPads, the company said in a statement.

Apple does not immediately send a request for a comment. A Valve representative did not specify whether changes were made to the Steam Link application to ensure Apple's approval.


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