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World Health Organization Lists Two Gaming

"Gaming disorder" and "Hazardous gaming" to be officially recognised.


The World Health Organization will list "Gaming disorder" and "Hazardous gaming" as health disorders in its International Compendium of Diseases.

Part of the WHO's first major update to the Compendium since 1992, gaming disorder is listed as an addictive behaviour alongside gambling, while hazardous gaming is a pattern of gaming behaviour "that appreciably increases the risk of harmful physical or mental health".

The results of both disorders as described have received mass media attention in the past, and this categorisation appears to be an attempt to allow for easier diagnosis and treatment.

Gaming disorder could well be seen as linked to controversy around  loot boxes and what constitutes gambling in gaming. Hazardous gaming is reminiscent of cases where individuals have died after extreme gaming sessions.

Both disorders are currently part of a draft of the Compendium update, meaning their specifics could change before publication.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - a separate compendium of strictly psychological disorders - does not currently list a gaming disorder, calling it only a "condition for further study".

Joe Skrebels is IGN's UK News Editor, and he's escaped being diagnosed with 'Dynasty Warriors disorder' once more. Follow him on Twitter.

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