According to Massively.com, Sony Online Entertainment has laid off 41 of their full time workforce. In an official statement released by SOE earlier this morning, it was mentioned that reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency was the principal motivator in the decision.
"In a move to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs, Sony Online Entertainment has eliminated 5% of its full-time workforce, equaling 41 people. SOE looks forward to continuing its leadership role in the online games industry as it celebrates the highly successful launch of Free Realms, the 10-year commemoration of its ground-breaking EverQuest franchise, and the continued performance of the company's other games."
While it's still unclear where Sony Online Entertainment made the cuts; we've confirmed that no one from the Free Realms team has been let go. Our warmest wishes and prayers go out to those who have been affected by the layoffs.