Mike Ybarra announced his departure from Microsoft earlier this month but his plans for the future were kept a secret until today when he revealed in a single tweet that he would be making the jump to Blizzard Entertainment as the new executive vice president and general manager on November 4th.
“I’m very happy to announce I’m joining @Blizzard_Ent as Exec. Vice President and GM starting 11/4 (will be at #blizzcon!),” his tweet reads. “We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences. I can’t wait to be part of this team.”
His tweet was also accompanied by the #lucky #humble #gamers and #serve hashtags which pretty accurately represent Ybarra’s dedication to the video game industry and his passion for the subject matter.
I'm very happy to announce I'm joining @Blizzard_Ent as Exec. Vice President and GM starting 11/4 (will be at #blizzcon!). We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences. I can't wait to be part of this team. #lucky #humble #gamers #serve pic.twitter.com/kZ8dRuF3pe
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) October 24, 2019
Ybarra worked with Microsoft for over 20 years and was instrumental in the development of Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and Mixer and was one of the main faces Xbox gamers associated with the brand, frequently connecting with them on social media and during his own Mixer livestreams. It should definitely be interesting to see what he has planned for Blizzard.
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