Apple Changes App Store Rules
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Some drama recently unfolded between Apple and Valve over the Steam Link app, which while currently in active beta over on Android, was approved then suddenly rejected from the iOS App Store. Now, Apple has quietly changed its rules governing the type of app Steam Link was supposed to be, theoretically opening the door for Valve to get Steam Link re-evaluated.

The problem was that Apple had a rule against application developers using the iOS App Store to host a store of its own. Allowing this would, ostensibly, allow developers to side-step Apple’s profit sharing guidelines, in which Apple takes a cut of sales. This was why Steam Link was ultimately rejected, as Apple argued being able to access the Steam store via Steam Link landed under that restriction.

Now, the rules state that remote mirroring apps can allow access to other digital marketplaces, as long as the purchases made are processed on the remote PC, and not on the iOS device being used for access. This sounds like a direct response to the issue, and likely the result of talks between the two companies we aren’t privy to. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Steam Link on iOS to make a comeback.

Source: The Verge

Lucas White
Lucas White

Writing Team Lead
Date: 06/06/2018

06/06/2018 01:05PM


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