WHO Lists Game Addiction As A Disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) Conference adopted the International Classification of Diseases, which classified game addiction as a disease, on May 25 and will enter into force in 2022. The Ministry of Health and Welfare, which is responsible for health and sanitation in Korea, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, which is in charge of the game industry, have different opinions on this issue. On the 28th, the South Korean government decided to set up a civil service agreement led by the State Affairs Office to seek a response plan.


According to the Yonhap News Agency, the Korea Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism expressed opposition and proposed to raise an objection to WHO. The Ministry of Health and Welfare, which has the opposite opinion, said that it will accept WHO's decision and proceed with the relevant procedures. After the emergence of contradictions, the Korean State Affairs Adjustment Office immediately came forward to coordinate. On the morning of the 28th, Lu Shuxu, director of the State Affairs Adjustment Office, presided over the meeting of the deputy ministers (deputy ministers) of the relevant departments. The meeting said that there is sufficient time in Korea to deal with the problem of introducing game addiction. The meeting also exchanged views on whether to include, time and method.


The meeting also decided to establish a civil service agreement centered by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the game industry, the medical profession, relevant experts and citizen groups, centering on the State Affairs Office.


The South Korean government reported on the same day that the civil service agreement will seek specific rationalization plans, reduce the worries of the game industry on this issue, and at the same time support a healthy game culture, and introduce various support programs to continue to support the center of the content industry - games Industrial development.