Mike Ybarra, the Vice President of Xbox, announced today he is leaving the company after twenty years. Ybarra made the news official via his twitter account.
“It’s been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright,” Ybarra said in the tweet. In the tweet, he mentions his future endeavors and what he will do next. However, it is unknown at this time what that will be.
Many of Ybarra’s now-former colleagues replied with good wishes, including Head of Xbox Phil Spencer and Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb.
Ybarra is the third high profile departure in 2019 involving one of the big three companies in the industry. Sony’s Shawn Layden announced his departure last week, and former Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime retired in April. It’s also significant because these departures occurred with the next generation of consoles, Sony’s Playstation 5 and Xbox’s new console codenamed “Project Scarlett” fastly approaching.