The good news begins to arrive at Blizzard after the controversy in which the company has been involved in recent days and a few moments ago a great signing at the managerial level was announced, which has as its protagonist the former corporate vice president of Xbox.
Through a post on his official Twitter account, Mike Ybarra, who left office as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Xbox program a few days ago, announced that starting November 4 he will start a new adventure in the industry as executive vice president and general manager of Blizzard Entertainment, a company owned by Activision.
As part of his message, Ybarra promised to work with all the energy to serve the players and offer them incredible content and experiences. Ybarra also said that before formally starting with his managerial functions, he will attend Blizzcon 2019.
I’m very happy to announce I’m joining Blizzard as Exec. Vice President and GM starting 11/4 (will be at Blizzcon). We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences. I can’t wait to be part of this team.
In this way, it seems that Blizzard could undergo significant changes to get out of the bump in which it has gotten in recent months, which has generated uncertainty around the company and its projects.
In other news, although the conditions are not what Blizzard would have preferred, nothing will prevent BlizzCon 2019 from being held, a meeting that will be attended by thousands of fans of the company’s properties and that will also serve to reveal novelties of their games.
Precisely this celebration is causing a lot of expectation, and apparently the official calendar of the event elevates it more thanks to several surprises that the company keeps secret. On the Blizzard website you can check the schedules of each day of the event, which will be held from October 31 to November 2, at the end of next week.
Being already available, fans soon distinguished several reserved spaces with a label that indicates that we will soon know more about them. Specifically, it is seen that surprises will be concentrated on Saturday, November 1, since there are 4 spaces of 45 minutes destined for something secret. For its part, Sunday will witness 2 more ads of the same type and of such duration.
Obviously, the only thing fans of the company can do is speculate on what they will reveal in those spaces. Some clues indicate that the developer will release a new installment of Diablo, as well as a remastering of Diablo II. In addition to the above, the most adventurous believe that it will be the ideal window to announce a sequel to Overwatch.
The controversy surrounding Blizzard over the sanctions they applied to Blitzchung, a professional Hearthstone player, for the support he gave to society’s protests in Hong Kong against the Chinese government, continue to have an impact and it seems that the company is currently in its damage control phase with games like Overwatch.
We tell you this because a few days ago the cancellation of the event that was scheduled for the presentation of Overwatch on Switch in the Nintendo store in New York was announced. The official account of the Nintendo store in New York reported that the Overwatch presentation event that was scheduled for October 16 at its facilities was canceled at Blizzard’s request.
Along with the announcement of the cancellation, the account apologized to the fans for the inconvenience caused since one of the activities that were scheduled for that day was a meeting with the voice actors from the Overwatch characters, which was reserved for the first 150 fans who registered on the store site.