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'Dangerous gaming': is the WHO right to class excessive video game play as a health disorder?

Industry figures question research that ‘pathologises’ compulsive gaming, while scientist involved defends move to address addiction The World Health Organization (WHO) has included “gaming disorder” in its draft for the next edition of its diagnostic manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which is due for final release this year. The disorder is characterised by behaviours such as impaired control of time spent playing video games and prioritisation of gaming above other activities, in a way that negatively affects other areas of a person’s life such as their education, occupation and relationships.
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