ESA encourages WHO to reconsider its own decision to classify video game addiction as a mental disorder

ESA encourages WHO to reconsider its own decision to classify video game addiction as a mental disorder

A week ago, we informed you that the World Health Organization got a very interesting idea that gaming addiction classify as a mental disorder. Of course, video games are always guilty for everything and miserable we were if we enjoy this hobby for several hours. On the other hand, if you forget that there is a life because you are shooting stupid selfies and brag on the social networks how good looking you are or you cannot stop typing on a cellphone even during a family lunch you do not have to worry because you are quite a normal person which does not need a shrink. However, five hours with the controller in your hand is very worrying and the WHO advises to review your life choices.

I suppose I'm not the only one that the United Nations agency devoted to international health angered with its decision that the addiction to the video games is mental disorder while other potential addictions to technology (Internet and mobile devices) got a free pass. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), a company representing video game publishers, also pleaded on this subject, inviting the WHO to rethink its own verdict:

Just like avid sports fans and consumers of all forms of engaging entertainment, gamers are passionate and dedicated with their time. Having captivated gamers for more than four decades, more than 2 billion people around the world enjoy video games. The World Health Organization knows that common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive. And, putting that official label on them recklessly trivializes real mental health issues like depression and social anxiety disorder, which deserve treatment and the full attention of the medical community. We strongly encourage the World Health Organization to reverse direction on its proposed action.

Since the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) has not yet received an addendum stating that the addiction to the video-games is mental disorder, there is a possibility that the WHO will make some modifications. However, this does not mean that the ESA complaint will also be taken into consideration.

Tagged with: Gaming industry, Controversy

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great job with the doubled news, btw

Never play alone, MMO gives a more complete illusion of real life... xD


I'm wondering what is the point in trying to classify this as mental disease ?



it's not good


I hoped that someone will ask who to rethink their decision and Here it is. Good news!


most play to get divorced


better than doin' drugs

It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum and I'm all outta gum!


Well. We can't deny that many people are playing more video games than could possibly be good for their health and social life.
Classifying it as a problem opens more ways to investigate this on a scientific base and will hopefully make it easier for people who REALLY have a problem to get the help they need.


But bridges are made to be burnt


Is the WHO just looking to stay in the news this week?

Vote with your wallet.


Somebody has a lot of spare time.

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After a controversial decision by the World Health Organization that gaming addiction should be treated as a mental disorder, the association representing video-game companies gave a statement in which it indirectly claims that the WHO exaggerated.

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