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Xbox Live and Game Pass CVP Mike Ybarra departs Microsoft after 20 years

Xbox Live and Game Pass CVP Mike Ybarra departs Microsoft after 20 years

October 9, 2019 | By Alissa McAloon

Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of Xbox Live, Game Pass, and Mixer, has announced his departure from both Xbox and Microsoft as a whole.

Ybarra took to Twitter to share the news today, sharing well-wishes for his now-former coworkers alongside a note that he’s “super excited” to announce what his next steps will be.

“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,” tweeted Ybarra. “Thanks to everyone at TeamXbox, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished and I wish you the best.”

Overall, Ybarra spent nearly 20 years at Microsoft in a variety of roles, though the latter decade of his career saw him working as a manager and corporate vice president on various Xbox teams.

His announcement follows a pair of notable departures at competing-console-maker Sony. SIE Studios chairman Shawn Layden announced late last month that he was leaving Sony after 30 years, followed the next day by the announcement that SIE Japan Asia president Atsushi Morita has retired.

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