Now that Don Mattrick, former head of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft has moved on to Zynga, it looks like Steve Ballmer will be manning the helm for the Xbox division until a time a suitable replacement is found.

Steve Ballmer Look out Sony! Steve Ballmer to personally oversee Xbox business

Steve Ballmer is now looking after the Xbox business. Whether Microsoft is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the role is yet unknown. Ballmer sent out a mail today indicating that he will be overseeing the division for the time being. This year is a crucial one for Microsoft as it gets set to launch the Xbox One, its third gaming console.

Here’s the e-mail Ballmer sent out in its entirety:

“Zynga announced today that Don Mattrick would be its new CEO, effective July 8. This is a great opportunity for Don, and I wish him success. Don’s directs will report to me and will continue to drive the day-to-day business as a team, particularly focused on shipping Xbox One this holiday.

“Since joining IEB more than six years ago, Don and his team have accomplished much. Xbox Live members grew from 6 million to 48 million. Xbox 360 became the No. 1 selling console in North America the past two years. We introduced Kinect and have sold more than 24 million sensors. We released fantastic games, and, most importantly, we expanded Xbox to go beyond great gaming to deliver all the entertainment people want – sports, music, movies, live television and much more.

“In the past month, the IEB team showed for the first time here on our Redmond campus, and again at E3, how we are going to continue to transform entertainment with Xbox One. I am incredibly proud of the work and vision culminating in Xbox One.

“I’m particularly excited about how Xbox pushes forward our devices and services transformation by bringing together the best of Microsoft. The consoles are incredible all-in-one devices with built-in services that consumers love, including Bing, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive and Skype. And, just as important, Xbox Games, Xbox Video, Xbox Music and SmartGlass light up Windows PCs, tablets and phones.

“Thank you, Don, for setting us on a path to completely redefine the entertainment industry. The strong leadership team at IEB and their teams are well positioned to deliver the next-generation entertainment console, as well as transformative entertainment experiences, long into the future.”

Don Mattrick joined Microsoft in 2007 and introduced the Xbox One to the world. He was also the one to reveal Microsoft’s reversal of the Xbox One’s DRM policy.

Source: CVG