Mike Ybarra, formerly an executive at Xbox, has announced that he is joining the team at Blizzard following his departure from Team Xbox in October.
Set to start on November 14, after BlizzCon (dodged a bullet there Mike), Ybarra will take on the role of executive vice president and general manager at Blizzards Irvine, California headquarters.
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 served an impressive twenty years at Microsoft, most recently as the company's vice president which he held for just shy of three years. It's an interesting time for him to join Blizzard as the company has found itself on the negative end of gamers and its own staff following the recent ban of Hearthstone Grandmaster Chung 'blitzchung' Ng Wai.
One thing is certain; BlizzCon 2019 is shaping up to be quite the show, for all the wrong reasons. I've got my popcorn ready and waiting for the show to start on November 2...