In a statement to Next-Gen, Sony Computer Entertainment America has denied that the layoffs reported today are directly linked with trailing PlayStation 3 sales.
"This move is not wholly related to any one product in our portfolio," said SCEA PR boss Dave Karraker when asked if the layoffs were directly linked to PS3 sales. "More accurately, it is reflective of shifts in the marketplace and in consumers' wants and needs, such as the rise of digital content delivery and networked services. In order to maintain our market leadership, the management of SCEA has found it necessary to analyze the business and restructure the company as necessary."
SCEA laid off 80 to 100 workers on June 5th, mainly at its headquarters in Foster City, Calif. Karraker declined to offer details surrounding the specifics of how the employees were informed.
SCE Europe announced earlier this year that it was looking into layoffs to "streamline" operations.