Former Xbox executive Mike Ybarra is Blizzard’s new GM

I am very happy to announce that I am working at @Blizzard_Ent as an Exec. Vice President and GM from 04.11. (Will be on #blizzcon!). We will use all our energy to serve players with incredible content and experiences. I can not wait to be part of this team. #lucky #humble #gamers #serve

– Mike Ybarra (@Qwik), October 24, 2019

Ybarra has been with Microsoft for 20 years. He was the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Live, Game Pass and Mixer (whose co-founder recently left Microsoft).

He makes the move while Blizzard is in the midst of a PR firestorm. The controversy began when a Hearthstone professional was suspended who promised to support Hong Kong protests earlier this month in an after-game interview. Ybarra left Microsoft shortly after this controversial situation broke out.