Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of Team SoloMid has lashed out at those mocking the new ‘Gaming Disorder’ classification by the World Health Organization.
On Monday, June 18th, the WHO officially added ‘Gaming Disorder’ to their 11th ‘Classification of Diseases’ listing, and ignited a vast debate among community members in regards to its severity.
While the classification was first proposed back in December of 2017, it was not made official until June 18th and quickly made its rounds across the internet and the gaming world, along with reaching mainstream culture.
‘Gaming Disorder’ is defined as “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the Internet) or offline,” and was officially added to the Classification of Diseases on Monday,.
Following the news, many quickly took to various forms of social media in order to voice their opinions on the classification, with some making a collection of different jokes and memes in regards to the decision.
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However, Myth, a Fortnite player for TSM, was not having any of the jokes, mentioning how people can get ‘lost in things,’ and gaming can ‘be one of those things.’
Can we please shut the fuck up about gaming disorder not being legit. People get lost in things and it should be no surprise that gaming could be one of those things. Stop being sheep and maybe Google the damn term before posting the same damn memes that everyone else is posting. pic.twitter.com/9yWJPtRudo
— Myth (@TSM_Myth) June 19, 2018
With the classification being so new, it is unknown if any of the factors or aspects will be altered as time goes on, especially with mental health professionals expressing their views on both sides of the disorder.
The full description of the newly-added ‘Gaming Disorder’ can be found on the official World Health Organization Classification of Diseases, 11th edition.