A quick web search gave me the result I was looking for: informal obtain a great deal of money from (someone), typically by overcharging or swindling them. and a deeper one on Swindle: verb gerund or present participle: swindling use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions. Are they overcharging? yes - considering this is a computer game which hasn't been released and the amount of money they are charging for virtual items. Are they swindling? using deception to deprive? yes they are. They said they would release a game and they haven't. Compartmentalising 'bits' of your game and re-packing them into something else is exactly what they used to do with peoples mortgages. Remember? You will not find the word 'blackmail' in any dictionary related to the word 'fleece'. But you will find words like 'con' 'de*****' 'trick' 'ruse' etc. As mentioned above, I am passing judgement on them, NOT the game - this I will leave alone until it is finished and available to buy in stores with a DVD copy I can take home. I will not pass any judgement on any aspect of the game until every single aspect of it has been released and there are no elements left to be released or that are still in development. So you got my silence on the game, your pound of flesh, so to speak - but the company and how they are conducting business and developing their game; that is open hunting season as far as I am concerned. And I'm locked and loaded.