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South Korean organizations launched a committee Wednesday to oppose moves by the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify addiction to video games as a health disorder.
At a press conference in South Korea’s National Assembly, the committee of 90 organizations and industry figures said it was dismayed by the unanimous decision by WHO member states to adopt the 11th revision to the International Classification of Disease (ICD-11), which declares excessive gaming a mental disorder.
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“We regret that we were unable to sufficiently persuade the world of the positive aspects of gaming,” the committee Chairman Wi Jong-hyun, a professor of strategic management at Chung-Ang University, said in his opening statement.
“We gladly accept the prime minister’s proposal to run a discussion body, but believe there must be a wider pool of stakeholders invited to join in the discussion,” he continued. “Our committee was joined by not only those in the game industry but also by various content-producing bodies — we thank the 90 participating organizations.”
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Under the WHO definition, a gaming disorder is defined as “a pattern of gaming behavior … characterized by impaired control over gaming [and] increasing priority is given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities.”
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