Mike Ybarra, who earlier in the month announced his departure at Xbox. Has been hired by Blizzard Entertainment to be their new Executive Vice President and General Manager.
Ybarra made the announcement earlier today via his Twitter account. Ybarra was a twenty-year mainstay at Microsoft and Xbox. He will begin his new venture on November 4th. He will also be attending this year’s rendition Blizzcon from November 1st to 3rd.
Ybarra’s hire comes during a time where Blizzard has come under fire over recent actions they have made — starting with the controversial decision to suspend a professional Hearthstone player and the public relations fiasco stemming from it. Blizzard’s hire of Ybarra gives the company a new fresh face. And his reputation at Xbox will hope to provide the company a boost in confidence. As well as win back the good graces to its fans and trust from gamers.