The ICD-11, which is to take effect in January 2022, contains several other additions, including classification of "compulsive sexual behaviour" as a mental disorder, although it stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviours.
Video Games Chronicle reports that gaming disorder will now be included in the International Classification of Diseases, which is used internationally by healthcare professionals and insurers. As Polygon points out, Gaming Disorder is listed right after Gambling Disorder and is nearly a word-for-word copy of the latter, only "gambling" is replaced with "gaming".
"The WHO is an esteemed organization and its guidance needs to be based on regular, inclusive, and transparent reviews backed by independent experts". "'Gaming disorder' is not based on sufficiently robust evidence to justify its inclusion in one of the WHO's most important norm-setting tools". It makes sense - more and more mobile games are pushing the envelope in graphics, gameplay, and features.
A number of European gaming industry representatives have called for the World Health Organization to reevaluate the decision, saying it's not based on enough "robust evidence to justify its inclusion in one of the WHO's most important norm-setting tools", they said in a statement.
It added that gaming is the right of teenagers, but the World Health Organization decision to officially designate it as a disease gives teenagers a sense of guilt when playing video games.
Despite the WHO's controversial new addition, many gaming organizations and even psychologists are wary of the "disorder", with mental health experts sounding off their concerns as early as a year ago, when the concept was initially introduced.
The list removes transgenderism from its list of mental disorders, listing it instead under the chapter on "conditions related to sexual health".