Ukie statement on the recent dialogue between the World Health Organization and the video games sector.
The purpose of the consultation was to provide the WHO with information on the video game industry, and discuss the part that video games and other industries could play in contributing to public health objectives.
Our statement regarding the meeting is as follows:
The World Health Organisation has issued an updated version of their International Classification of Diseases, a diagnostic manual used by health care professionals throughout the world. ICD-11 includes a proposed definition of "gaming disorder" for the first time.
Games industry responds to WHO publication
In view of the publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) list, organisations representing games industry across the world have expressed their concern at the inclusion of Gaming Disorder, issuing a joint statement:
Last month, we joined forces with our sister trade associations from around the world to write a strongly worded letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO) raising our concerns over the move to include ‘gaming disorder’ in their revised manual, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
In December the World Health Organisation signalled their intention to include "Gaming Disorder" as a serious health condition in their current draft of the International Classification of Diseases. Last updated in 1990, the eleventh edition of the manual is due to be published in Summer 2018. Ukie have been working hard behind the scenes alongside our international colleagues at ESA, ESA Canada, ISFE and IGEA to challenge this intention.