Former Xbox exec Mike Ybarra announces move to Blizzard

October 24, 2019
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Mike Ybarra, the former Xbox exec who announced his departure from Microsoft earlier this month after 20 years with the company, has revealed that he’ll soon be joining Blizzard Entertainment as executive vice president and general manager.

Ybarra, who previously served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s gaming division across Xbox and PC, revealed his new role on Twitter earlier today, confirming that his tenure with Blizzard will begin on 4th November.

Ybarra joins Blizzard at a challenging time. The company has seen lay-offs and high-profile departures over the last 12 months, and is still feeling the shockwaves of its hugely unpopular decision to censure Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung after he showed support for the Hong Kong protests during an official livestream.

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