Steam Companion iPhone App Now Available to All Users

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Launched in beta last week, Valve has opened up its Steam iPhone companion app to all users.

    The app allows Steam users to view their Steam friends list, see what games their friends are playing, and chat with players in-game.

    Gamers can also browse and purchase from the Steam library of titles from the iPhone, to play later on a PC or Mac. However, there is no purchasing of iOS games through the app, something that, aside from the fact that Steam doesn't support any iOS games, Apple would surely frown upon.


    Steam Mobile for iPhone is available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Steam Companion iPhone App Now Available to All Users
  2. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007

    Does the app use money from your steam account or from your iTunes account to make purchases?

    If the former, doesn't that violate Apple's terms of using the App store?

    If not... Valve already takes 30% of what users pay. Between Apple taking 30% and Valve taking 30%, it seems like developers and publishers would be annoyed, to say the least, with Valve.
  3. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    It uses your Steam account. It doesn't run afoul of Apple's rules because the content isn't for consumption on the iOS's all Mac and PC games. It's like using Amazon's Price Check app to buy physical goods from Amazon.

    Apple only cares if it's content (print, video, music subscriptions and other content) that is meant for the iOS device. That has to go through Apple's in-app purchase.
  4. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital
    Online distributors (Amazon, Axel etc) don't have to pay Apple when you buy stuff through their apps. Neither do Valve.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007
    Steam is such a bad service (speed and usability) that I had to dump the games I purchased threw it on my mac!

    I would not recommend adding it to your phone!

    just my $0.02
  7. macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2009
    All I want are push notifications when new deals go up. I don't care what the deal is, I want to know about it.

    /hopelessly addicted
  8. macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2010
    What do you find wrong with it? Speed can be a bit slow on occasion but usability wise I don't see a problem, click game, click play

  9. jamewhite86, Feb 3, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2012
    Steam Companion iPhone App Now Available to All

    I think apple only care music, video and must good screen. just now no actually user all facility in your mobile. thanks for information
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2008
    I second that. As long time user of steam I have to say it is awesome, so glad I dont have to manage the CD's or the Serial numbers. Then the move to make some of my old pc versions as mac games without extra charge is a pleasent surprise.
  11. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I love it for linking up with my Steam friends before I get off of work to game.

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