Microsoft’s unfathomable $69 billion buyout of Activision Blizzard is hanging by a thread after the deal was blocked by UK regulators earlier this week. In the aftermath of the decision, the trillion dollar tech titan immediately went on a rampage, piling pressure on the government by threatening to reduce its investment in Britain. It’s since said it’ll appeal the outcome, although analysts predict this is unlikely to succeed.
While executives at Activision Blizzard have indicated they’ll continue to support Microsoft’s attempts to push the unprecedented deal through, it should be noted that the Call of Duty maker will still profit handsomely if the deal breaks down. In an interview with CNBC, boss Bobby Kotick was asked about a rumoured $3 billion breakup fee, which he declined to deny, indicating the organisation is poised to pocket a fortune even if the deal collapses.