Today Xbox’s Corporate Vice President for Gaming Mike Ybarra announced his departure from Microsoft.
Best of luck to him! He got my respect by streaming God Of War and ignoring the backslash from the Xbox fan base.
What a dumb reason to be angry. Oh no, a Microsoft/Xbox employee streamed a PlayStation game. I'm so angry now because... 🙄
I certainly dont remember that. Please elaborate.
Yeah no doubt, I don't really remember that but I remember Phil Spencer as well talking about Playstation games and playing something and people giving him a hard time. I think it's not representative of EITHER fanbase tbh. It seems more like the internet trolls coming out to just make everyone look bad and turn everything into an issue when it really isn't. It's naive to assume these guys don't check out their competition. I wouldn't be upset at Sony for doing the same...streaming an Xbox game or whatever. Who cares...anything to fuel the fanboy war I guess?
Remember when Phil Spencer congratulated Sony and Santa Monica for God of War's rave reviews? Xbox fans were mad, to put it mildly.
I thought this was good news. time to see some changes in different directions.
it is good news. both have a happy ending. now MS should consider making a few remakes.
Agreed. Time to bring some new blood to Xbox and get better UI designers.
He might have been poached by Stadia...
@Storm What backlash?
what a dumbass comment when Xbox has been praising every damn great Playstation game!
Been following Mike for some time now and your recollection of backlash for his gaming variety is not really representative of what really went down. A very few outcries ever for him supporting all games. Far more respect for him being a true gamer was ever seen from his fanbase and the xbox gaming community. Just as PlayStation has a few warped individuals Xbox had similar instances but far from any kind of real backlash as you suggest.
Prepare for conspiracist theory articles
This is not a playstation article.
its the season for everyone leaving their gaming companies apparently
This has been one eventful year for the executives of all the hardware manufacturers - Reggie Fils Aime left Nintendo - Kaz Hirai, Shawn Layden, & Atsushi Morita left Sony - Mike Ybarra left Microsoft
Kaz left last year
You been under a rock? Kaz left this year https://www.theverge.com/pl...
Yeah he quit as CEO last year, which is the role that actually matters. Chairman is just a honorary position.
Yeah he stepped down from president and CEO in 2018, but he still remained within Sony until 2019.
Maybe he didn't like Microsoft's direction.
I'm not sure what direction MS can go. DRM, no used games,forced Kinect, TV/sports console failed them. Imo can't get any worse than that.
I wish Greenburg can leave.
Agreed - he's a stain, if anything he should be kept out of the public eye.
he's harmless, plus what does he really do other than run his mouth?
That would be so healthy for Xbox.
" https://www.windowscentral.... He's a good guy, he's already offering positions to the people that Sony laid off in Europe.
But also runs his mouth a little too much.
I wouldn't say he's offering positions. Those laid off are in Europe, he is talking about roles in America. Plus, it's not like it's a guaranteed job for those out of work, thye just want to seem like the good guys on social media
@robgp there are folks laid off in america too. This person that greenberg was talking to was based in San Fran https://twitter.com/JC_Art_... Their creative services team in the US was laid off
This is good news. I hope Aaron Greenberg and Phil Spencer leave next Xbox need new leadership who actually want to compete against The competition.
People who work for Microsoft know how talented Mike is. He will be a miss for them. He has done great work on xb1, and i'm sure he's had input on next xbox.
People are not meant to be at their jobs for eternity.
Please, keep the concern articles to a minimum on this one.
Nice guy, but way too political on his twitter feed. After reading some of his ignorant posts, I lost a lot of respect for him.
Let me guess, the only people you approve of being political on their personal twitter feed are those that you agree with.
Not at all, but I do think that when you are an executive, in a company that makes products that are used by people of all political stripes and of all walks of life, you should stay out of the political sphere. It would be one thing if he let his beliefs be known in personal conversations, but putting it all out on twitter, to broadcast his political beliefs in a negative fashion to the world, towards presumably half of their customer base, is just plain stupid. It wouldn't surprise me that this could be why he is leaving. No other Xbox executive puts themselves in that kind of position, even if they do happen to share his beliefs.
Anybody else find it interesting he replied to everyone else's farewells but Phil's? Hmmm.
Good because he can be happier now greenburg just needs to leave then the staff would be perfect.
Aaron and all of the Inside Xbox presenters - they're so cringy and pointless
It does bother me that there is no chemistry with anybody on that show. I like the format just not the players. I do feel it is something different then just one after another trailers that we can see on YouTube already. I like learning more about the games and features coming to Xbox from the developers directly. However, they need to tighten up the show. Maybe just one main host doing it live and possibly on the town side kick that has pre taped (instead of live) pieces. Make it around 40 minutes at most. I think right now Inside Xbox is like a 1990's sitcom. Trying to be funny with corny jokes that mostly fall flat (all without a laugh track to tell us we are supposed to be laughting). Meanwhile, State of Play is more like a PBS news show. It has is no real personality, one after another trailer. 90% of them are fillers that we don't care about or can see on YouTube already. All this to maybe (I repeat maybe) get to one feature/item that everyone wants to know about. But, that still provides only a little bit of info we can see elsewhere as well. It has the opposite problem, where it is too short and over produced. State of Play just needs loosen up and to let its cold Catholic school girl hair down. While Inside Xbox needs to stop it's stoner ass running around without a shirt on everywhere.
Doubt he goes to Sony or Stadia right away, as he probably knows specs and secrets in the Xbox division. There might be a gap here in employment
At best those type of moves would be lateral. For example what would he be at Sony? He would have to be replacing Ryan not Kodera. Kodera as networking services lead is essentially (as close as it can be) his counterpart at Sony. And I don't see Ryan going anywhere, do you? So Sony seems like a non-starter. If he is going anywhere it would be a move up the ladder. And that next step up would mean running the show at SIE or Stadia not continuing to be second fiddle. And as I noted both SIE and Stadia jobs are already filled with no rumors of changes. If he is staying in gaming I can see him moving to a struggling company that needs new leadership and is offering to pay him quite handsomely. There are plenty of those. Just look around at all the big game companies floundering (Activision and Blizzard, EA, etc..) Lets also not forget for a lot of of his career at Microsoft he was not involved with Xbox but Windows. He was the general manager of Windows 7. Which means any move he makes could have nothing to do with gaming at all. He could also be doing a 180 and moving on to something completely different than he has done in the past. Leaving Xbox doesn't mean his next job is related to gaming.
In aditon to above: My assistant just came and said some place that I wasn't even thinking about: Amazon. It fits a lot of those boxes for moving on and would make a lot of sense if they are getting into a gaming service (Stadia like service). But, all are guesses with no hints to his plans. At this point he could just as likely become a beekeeper or open a goat yoga studio.
omg, its the end of the world!
Well can't blame him for leaving a sinking ship.
@Gahl1k Now why would fans of xbox be mad because spencer congratulated the devs of god of war, i remember the congrats and i dont ever recall that. While there some truth to the first bit, I'm more than certain you have added your own little spin to that little story. It's like saying Sony congratulated Microsoft for there work on backwards compatability, streaming and even there launch of the Xbox one but Sony fans got absoloute crazy over it, that last bit again would just be nonsense. But Sony and Microsoft can congratulate each other, the only time someone would be butt hurt over something like that is if you are a mindless drone fanboy. https://www.eurogamer.net/a...
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