After a long “adventure” of two decades, Mike Ybarra, Vice President of Microsoft Xbox leaves the company, seeking new opportunities. Only a day later, rumors start rising that the former Xbox specialist might be joining Activision Blizzard.
It’s not often that we see people in high positions within companies like Microsoft or Sony leaving their “chairs”. After Shawn Layden leaving his place at Sony Interactive, we now find out that Mike Ybarra too is “going rogue”. The speculation came from Twitter, with Ybarra stating that he’s ready for his new adventure. Phil Spencer, Major Nelson and more were there to wish him the best on his next career steps.
After the announcement, fans have started snooping around Ybarra’s social media, tracking his next movement. The outcome is the possibility of him joining Activision Blizzard, or at least, that’s how it seems.
The rumors about Mike Ybarra joining Activision Blizzard started after fans noticed that he started following Activision’s staff on Twitter. More specifically, his follow list now includes the Human Resources manager for the company and people working in major franchises like Call of Duty and Starcraft, as GeneracionXbox confirms.
Following the social media “footprints” of industry, giants isn’t a legit way to go about the news. Sometimes though, the news might be hiding right underneath. As far as we know, this might all just be a coincidence, or even so, Ybarra shooting blanks on purpose.
So far, his Linkedin profile hasn’t changed, not even including his leave from Microsoft. If and when he’s ready to announce his next steps in the industry. we’ll be able to share more. For the time being, all there is are rumors about him joining Activision Blizzard, a company that isn’t so far below his league.
Mike Ybarra has spent the last 20 years working on Microsoft related products, 7 of which were focused on Xbox. He was the main cog in the working gears for Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass and Mixer, projects that have kept Xbox relevant and gave it the power it has today. In addition, he signed huge titles like Gears of War and Age of Empires during his time in Microsoft, making him a valuable candidate for any company.
We already know that Ybarra intends on attending E3 next year, lighting the spark of him following a new adventure under a new company. For what it’s worth, we wish him the best and hope to see more of his work in the future.