Xbox Exec Mike Ybarra Announces He's Leaving Microsoft - Prima Games

Xbox Exec Mike Ybarra Announces He’s Leaving Microsoft

by Liana Ruppert

The Corporate Vice President of Xbox, Mike Ybarra, took to Twitter today to announce his departure from Microsoft following two decades of service to the company. He took to his personal Twitter to reveal the news while thanking fans for his time with the community and to tease what’s in store for the road ahead. 

“After 20 years at Microsoft, it’s time for my next adventure,” Ybarra began in his announcement. “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)!”

He added, “Most importantly I want to thank all of you fellow gamers, and our great fans, for all the support. Keep gaming and I hope to see you online soon!”

He didn’t mention why his time with the company is coming to an end, nor did he reveal what he’s working on next, though fellow Xbox figureheads Phil Spencer and Larry Hyrb, known as Major Nelson, both chimed in with well-wishes. “Thank you (@XboxQwik) for your many contributions to Microsoft and Xbox,” said Spencer in his reply. “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.”

“Mike, it’s been great to be able to work with you. I know everyone at Xbox wishes you well. Thanks for everything. Good luck and we will see you online,” added Hyrb. 

Where ever the road takes you next, Ybarra, we wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors. 

Liana Ruppert

With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!