“Gaming Disorder” has been officially recognised by the World Health Organisation

 “Gaming Disorder” has been officially recognised by the World Health Organisation

Gaming addiction has been officially recognised as an illness by the World Health Organisation.

The WHO has implemented a revision to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), that includes ‘Gaming Disorder’ after the 194 members voted unanimously at the 72nd World Health Assembly on May 25th, 2019.

Though the illness was passed, heavy opposition was shown by the global video games trade bodies such as the ESA, UKIE and ISFE. The establishments stated that further research was needed before the motion should have been passed, with the parties believing the cause could be connected to unrelated mental health issues.

Speaking prior to the classification, ESA president Stanley Pierre-Louis claimed the classification was too blunt a tool and risked misdiagnosing patients with more serious underlying conditions driving their addiction.

The new entry takes effect from January 1st, 2022 after numerous years of debate surrounding the topic.

This story first appeared over on PocketGamer.Biz

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Matthew Forde is a freelance writer from Yorkshire, who's work has been published for Tech Radar, Nintendo Life, Kotaku UK and more. He regularly attends Smash Bros. tournaments, while trying to keep up-to-date on everything pop culture related - particularly superheroes. You can find him on Twitter @Forde999.


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