Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra was “always jealous” of Blizzard staff so he’s joining them


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?


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