Steam Link – Apple TV’s Current Number One Free Game Is Not A Game


Surprised? Me neither.

An app that turns your Apple TV into a portal for games purchased through Valve’s digital storefront, was always destined for that number one spot. And not much more than 24 hours after the Steam Link app became available too. Sneaking in front of Crossy Roads and Real Racing 3, Steam Link shot straight to number one with a bullet.

ATVG has had mixed feelings regarding the Steam Link app ever since it was announced this time last year. At first I was excited.

Then Apple rejected it, and I was not excited.

Developer Björn Larsson of Legendo Entertainment then helped me to see the flip side, and I thought, hmmm, maybe Apple was right to reject it.

Apple then finally decided to comment on the whole saga.

And now that it’s out, how do I feel?


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Apple Comments On Steam Link App Rejection


As ATVG suspected, this story continues to unfold, and it seems that all might not be lost for those hoping to one day be playing games purchased via Steam on their Apple hardware.

For those starting from scratch, you can get up to speed right here with our story following Valve’s original press release announcing the proposed app.

But then Apple rejected the app.

And some, for good reason, believe that was the right decision. ATVG interviewed Legendo Entertainment’s Björn Larsson over the weekend, who provided some valuable insights into why Steam Link may not be the best step forward for Apple.

A piece over on MacStories however, may renew hope for those in the pro-Steam Link app camp.

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The Flip-Side: Perhaps Apple Was Right To Reject The Steam Link App


In a nutshell for those playing catch-up, Valve Corporation applied in early May to get its Steam Link app onto Apple’s iOS (iPhone and iPad) and tvOS (Apple TV) App Stores. The Steam Link app would’ve allowed players to stream games bought via Steam for PC onto Apple’s hardware. 

Most, myself included, agreed that this seemed like a good idea. 

Apple at first said yes, but then reconsidered and said no, rejecting Valve’s Steam Link app. 

Like many other sites, after reading news of the rejection I posted a story reflecting on what could’ve been. I hadn’t even considered the other side of the argument, or that there even was one, which, to be honest, was lazy. I hadn’t even seen anyone write an opposing opinion. 

Until I read Björn Larsson’s (the head of Legendo Entertainment) comment in my Twitter feed:

“Pleased to read Apple has blocked Valve Corporation’s Steam Link app, I hope it’s a permanent ban. Note to Steam: Get your own eco-system and tools in order and up to par before you go infect others,” Larsson Tweeted.

And it made me think. 

There’s value in trying to understand any argument that goes against popular opinion, and so I reached out to Larsson asking him to expand on his point of view. 

And I’m glad I did. 

Bummer. Apple Rejected Valve’s Steam Link App


The Oxford Dictionary of English dates the word kibosh as originating from the mid-19th century, with its definition noted as “put an end to; dispose of decisively.”

Given its age, kibosh as a word feels somewhat timeless; as effective today in the 21st century as it’s ever been.

With this in mind, we can reveal that iOS site Toucharcade is today reporting that Apple has put the kibosh on Valve Corporation’s plans to bring its Steam Link app to Apple’s  devices.


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Soon You’ll Be Able To Play Steam Games Via Apple TV


A press release today from Valve Corporation adds up to kind of a big deal for those who own an Apple TV and compatible controller. And a Mac or PC with a Steam client. And fast internet.

If you tick all those boxes, in about 11 days time those ten million unplayed titles you’ve accumulated over the years during Steam sales will be accessible right on your Apple TV.

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