Former corporate vice president of Microsoft’s gaming division, Mike Ybarra, has announced that he will be joining Blizzard Entertainment in early November as their vice president and basic manager. According to his most recent livestream (yes, he streams) he was “always jealous” of the folks he played with that subsequently went to go function at Blizzard, and now he’s 1 of them.
Ybarra left Microsoft and Xbox earlier this month, revealing it to the public in a tweet that told us it was “time for [his] subsequent adventure”, which we now know will take him to Blizzard. He had spent 20 years at Microsoft soon after joining them back in 2000 as a systems engineer. He moved by way of the enterprise to its Xbox division ahead of becoming vice president of gaming in 2017.
Ybarra announced his departure ahead of Blizzard became embroiled in the Blitzchung-Hong Kong controversy. It is a tumultuous time for the gaming giant, but with its annual expo, Blizzcon, suitable about the corner, it’ll quickly have a massive chance to address its troubles. Maybe Ybarra will be involved in that function?
Though the timing may well not be excellent, Ybarra is apparently a big Blizzard fan. He says he played “every single Blizzard game there ever was” in college, claims to be the most significant Diablo fan that “exists in the world”, and that his appreciate of Globe of Warcraft nearly got him “fired, divorced, starved to death”. Certainly, he reckons he “never took showers” mainly because he “played absolutely nothing but Globe of Warcraft for about the 1st 3 years of that game launching”. He at some point decided he necessary to “cold turkey that thing” 12 years ago – but now he’s back. Here’s hoping he logs off lengthy sufficient to do some function.
The passion for Blizzard’s IPs is quite evident in the way he talks so excitedly about obtaining back into Globe of Warcraft and the subsequent actions for his profession. It’ll be exciting to study far more about his function and what he does subsequent at his new household.