Additionally, WHO lists both online and offline gaming as a disorder, but the former can be an enriching experience as users can forge friendships and even romantic relationships through multiplayer games.
Benjamin Wong, a counselor at Mindful Digitality based in Vancouver, British Columbia, joins KRON4 News to discuss. But the difference with gaming disorder is that patients must show symptoms of "significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational or other important areas of functioning" for at least 12 calendar months to be diagnosed.
The WHO said that if gaming takes precedence over daily activities and life interests, then it can be classed as gaming disorder.
The ICD has 55,000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death mentioned in it which serves the goal of identifying health trends and measuring the statistics worldwide.
"Gaming disorder" has three main characteristics.
Video games and the internet were supposed to be tools for us to use and enjoy.
A more recent study underscores that gaming addiction is probably a worldwide phenomenon, albeit an uncommon one.
The experts' paper ('A Weak Scientific Basis for Gaming Disorder: Let us err on the side of caution') will appear in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
The designation of Gaming Disorder would fall under mental health and take on some of the same treatment and coping skills for those who seek help for drugs, alcohol and gambling addiction.
World Health Organization officials say statistics, mainly from East and South Asian countries, show only a very small two to three percent of people are addicted to Gaming.
However, she warns that video gaming addiction affects just a small percentage of the world's population - but adds that "it must be recognised" early, as it can "last a year before diagnosis". That will happen after public debate and meetings to discuss with the gaming industry.
The new ICD-11 is also able to better capture data regarding safety in healthcare, which means that unnecessary events that may harm health - such as unsafe workflows in hospitals - can be identified and reduced, the statement said.