Trending in Tech: Apple pulls Fortnite off store, Epic Games sues; VMware confirms layoffs

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Apple pulls Fortnite off store, Epic Games sues

Apple has removed the Fortnite app from its store, rendering one of the world’s most popular games unplayable on iOS devices.

The move is one in an escalating war with Epic Games, who have announced they are suing Apple.

The removal came after an update to the game that allowed players to buy in-game currency at a lower rate if they bypassed Apple and bought directly from Epic Games.

Hinting that they knew the ban was coming, Epic reportedly filed legal action against Apple minutes after the game was removed.

Apple takes a 30% cut from all sales through its compulsory payment system within its app store.

The company claims Epic Games “violated the App Store Guidelines” with its update.

However, Epic reportedly alleges in court filings that Apple effectively runs a monopoly, deciding both what apps can be installed on iPhones and also demanding use of its own payment system.

VMware confirms global layoffs

VMware has confirmed it is laying off a number of staff, according to reports on CRN.

The company is said to have already let go of Shawn Toldo, vice president of WMware’s Worldwide Partner Organisation.

The company says the move is part of a “regular workforce rebalancing”, according to a statement published by CRN.

It is not known how many employees are affected by the layoffs.

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