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Videogames industry asks WHO to hold fire on ‘gaming disorder’


The ESA called for 'more conversation and education' before any classification was finalised. — Reuters

The ESA called for 'more conversation and education' before any classification was finalised. — Reuters

GENEVA: Videogames are compelling, but does playing them too much constitute a medical condition? The gaming industry is trying to avoid "gaming disorder" becoming a formally recognised ailment.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), which has spent years looking into the addictive nature of videogames, put "gaming disorder" on its list of health problems last year, a decision set to be endorsed by governments in May, with potential impacts on, for example, healthcare policy and insurance.

   

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