The president of Blizzard Leisure, Mike Ybarra, is departing the agency.
The business vet announced the news on Twitter in a submit the place the exec expressed his gratitude to the workers he as soon as presided over on the World of Warcraft maker. Ybarra stated that he could be attempting to assist out employees affected by the massive layoffs at Microsoft’s games division.
Ybarra joined Blizzard in 2019 as EVP and GM of platform and know-how earlier than being promoted to co-head in August 2021. He was working alongside Jen Oneal, who departed the corporate a couple of months later after it emerged that she was being paid lower than Ybarra regardless of holding the identical place.
“I need to thank everybody who’s impacted at this time for his or her significant contributions to their groups, to Blizzard, and to gamers’ lives,” he wrote.
“It’s an extremely onerous day and my power and assist will likely be centered on all these superb people impacted – that is by no means a mirrored image in your superb work.
“To the Blizzard neighborhood: I additionally need to allow you to all know at this time is my final day at Blizzard. Main Blizzard via an unbelievable time and being a part of the staff, shaping it for the longer term forward, was an absolute honour. Having already spent 20+ years at Microsoft and with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard behind us, it’s time for me to (as soon as once more) turn into Blizzard’s largest fan from the skin.
“To the unbelievable groups at Blizzard – thanks. Phrases can’t categorical how I really feel about all of you. You might be superb. Proceed to do unbelievable issues and all the time hold Blizzard blue and the participant on the forefront of each choice.
“To all of these impacted at this time – I’m all the time obtainable to you and perceive how difficult at this time’s information is. My coronary heart is with every one among you.”