Former Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra has announced that he is moving on to Blizzard Entertainment as an executive vice president and general manager.
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 stated that he had left Microsoft in a tweet posted a few weeks ago, where he thanked the teams he had worked with for their accomplishments during his time there. “It’s been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright,” he said, “I’m not done giving every ounce of energy I have to try and make gaming better for everyone.”
Ybarra has joined at a very tricky time for Blizzard due to the fallout of its actions regarding a Hearthstone pro who voiced support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and was since removed from the tournament and had his prize money withheld. Since then, the community reacted extremely negatively to Blizzard’s stance and started refunding their games and cancelling World of Warcraft subscriptions, and started the ‘#BoycottBlizzard’ trend.