Xbox’s vice president, Mike Ybarra, is leaving the company after 20 years.
Ybarra tweeted the news, saying it is time for him to move on. “It’s been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright,” Ybarra said. He has yet to clarify what his next venture is, but Ybarra confirmed that details will be revealed in the near future.
After 20 years at Microsoft, it’s time for my next adventure. It’s been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright. Thanks to everyone at TeamXbox, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished and I wish you the best. More soon on what’s next for me (super excited)! 1/2…
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) October 9, 2019
Xbox boss Phill Spencer replied to Ybarra’s tweet, thanking him for his many contributions and wishing him the best of luck in his next stage. “[You] have consistently driven to keep games at the center of everything we do,” Spencer said of Ybarra.
Thank you (@XboxQwik) for your many contributions to Microsoft and Xbox. You’ve been a strong advocate for our fans from day one, and have consistently driven to keep gamers at the center of everything we do. All of us at TeamXbox wish you the best.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 9, 2019
Ybarra had a short stint as a software development engineer at HP prior to joining Microsoft as a systems engineer in June 2000. He worked his way through the ranks before becoming Xbox’s partner studio manager between June 2011 and July 2014. Soon after, Ybarra entered the corporate side, taking on the role of vice president of program management of Xbox for a couple of years before landing in the vice president role in January 2017. All this information comes from Ybarra’s LinkedIn page.
Ybarra’s departure follows the news that Shawn Layden, SIE’s Chairman for Worldwide Studios, confirmed he is leaving the company. Not long after, Atsushi Morita–SIE Japan Asia’s president and SIE’s corporate director–announced his departure. Both positions have yet to be filled, but it has been confirmed that Kazuhiko Takeda will serve as the new corporate director of Sony’s Japanese branch. It remains unclear who will replace Ybarra over at Xbox.