Xbox corporate VP, Mike Ybarra, announces departure from Microsoft after almost 20 years

Ybarra was a CVP in charge of Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and Mixer. He has not yet announced where he'll be going next or what he'll be doing.

Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president at Xbox, has announced that he will be leaving Microsoft after a near 20 year tenure. Ybarra announced his departure on Twitter yesterday. 

"After 20 years at Microsoft, it’s time for my next adventure," Ybarra wrote. "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)!"

Ybarra thanked his supporters and fans, including Xbox personality Major Nelson and Xbox boss Phil Spencer. 

"Thanks for all the comments," Ybarra continued. "It’s incredibly nice to see. Very appreciative to all of you. I’ll still be streaming, gaming and working to put smiles on all of your faces. Not an end, a new beginning!"

Prior to joining the Xbox team, Ybarra worked with Windows as a systems engineer and then general manager for Windows 7. After the infamous Summer of Arcade in 2008, Ybarra switched over to the Xbox Live team. He stayed with Xbox Live for almost two years before moving over to manage Xbox Game Studios' partner studio efforts, which is where he stayed for just over three years. Since then, Ybarra had been a corporate vice president at Xbox, which came to include Game Pass and Mixer.

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