It wasn’t a great week on other Microsoft fronts. Microsoft recently made a bid to buy Activision Blizzard, a major gaming company. After some countries gave it the go-ahead, on Wednesday, the UK stepped in. This could be a matter of bargaining with the Competition and Markets Authority, who stopped this with concerns, and resolving those concerns. On the other hand, it could deliver a major hit against Microsoft, who would then have to pay Activision $3 Billion for the deal breaker. It’s loose change for Microsoft, who rakes in profits like $18.3 Billion last quarter. Also in line to stop this is the Federal Trade Commission, the EU Commission, and others.
Usually in a breakup, you might lose a sweatshirt or some furniture, but Microsoft would have to pay $3 billion if the deal doesn’t go through.