‘HAZARDOUS GAMING’ AND ‘GAMING DISORDER’ ADDED TO W.H.O.’S LIST OF DISEASES
INTERNATIONAL COMPENDIUM GETS GAME-RELATED UPDATE.
The World Health Organisation has released a beta version of its updated International Compendium of Diseases online, and the latest list includes “hazardous gaming” and “gaming disorder” as diseases. These new entries are listed under the addictive behaviours category, putting gaming addiction on par with substance addiction and gambling. Only one organisation (the Entertainment Software Association) so far has raised an objection and has asked the WHO to revise the inclusion.