Vice president of Xbox Mike Ybarra is leaving the company after 20 years.
Ybarra tweeted the news, saying it’s 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 tweeted, 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’s departure follows the news that Shawn Layden, SIE’s Chairman for Worldwide Studios, Shawn Layden, confirmed he is leaving the company at the start of this month.