Gaming addiction is real, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Video game addiction will be classed as a mental health condition from next year (2018).
The new classification will be part of a revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). A beta version of this draft is already available, which describes addiction to video games both online and offline.
This will be a good move in the gaming industry. With more addictive games coming to market, such as mobile games where you have to spend time every day playing the game in order to gain in-game currency or experience.
There have been many reported deaths from video game addiction. One of the more notable when a South Korean man played Starcraft for more than two days straight without any breaks.
The WHO guidelines state that diagnosis will be determined over a 12 month period, or shorter for more extreme cases.
This can only be positive for the gaming community.