Sony Online Entertainment, aka SOE, has recently layed off roughly 4% of its workforce, that's 35 employees. Scott Gulbransen, Senior Director of Global PR & Corp Communications at SOE gave a statement to Joystiq, saying that it was necessary to "better align the company's resources." However, that's about as much detail as he would like to devulge.
"In a move to better align the company's resources against areas of growth that meet consumer demand in today's online market as well as improve operational efficiency, Sony Online Entertainment has eliminated just over 4% of its full-time workforce, equaling 35 people. The changes will better position SOE to deliver against its emphasis on developing games for a wider, more diverse audience and remaining a worldwide leader in online gaming."
It's unfortunate that they had to resort to layoffs, but with the current economy and situation, it's no big surprise. Hopefully those affected by these layoffs find another job much sooner rather than later.