Call of Duty professional players have mocked the news that gaming addiction or 'disorder' has been approved to be classified as a disease by the World Health Organization.
The World Health Organization announced that “Gaming disorder” will be added to the 11th edition of the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases and comes into effect on January 1, 2022.
As a result, many Call of Duty professional players, who have made their careers out of playing video games every day, made light of the news by joking that they check all of the boxes of this new “disease.”
OpTic Gaming's Ian 'Crimsix' Porter may have had one of the funniest reactions to the announcement, declaring that gaming disorder being classed as a disease in one of the most absurd sentences he has seen in the past decade.
He compared its ridiculousness to the musings of former CoD pro KiLLa, who is known for his unusual takes, saying, “I follow Adam Sloss on twitter. That should say enough.”
Gaming disorder/addiction..... I don’t know what to say about this other than it is the most absurd combination of words, thrown into a sentence, that I’ve seen in the past decade. And I follow Adam Sloss on twitter. That should say enough. https://t.co/u1SZM1tdCD— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) May 26, 2019
Fellow two time Call of Duty world champion, Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan saw this new disease as an opportunity to earn even more money for pro players and enthusiasts, saying, “Disability checks for everyone!”
Team Envy star, Justin ‘Silly’ Fargo shared the same sentiment as JKap, jokingly asserting that they would likely qualify to receive some disability allowance.
y’all mind if I uhhh ᶜᵒˡˡᵉᶜᵗ ᵗʰᶦˢ ᶜʰᵉᶜᵏ https://t.co/Z15FCLA5YD— NV Justin Fargo uwu (@silly702) May 25, 2019
Shit I been disabled since like 05— Patrick Price (@ACHES) May 25, 2019
There have been many people, particularly within the gaming world, who are skeptical of the new decision passed by the WHO and the future impact that it may have on children playing video games.
We will have to wait to see the impact that classifying gaming disorder as a disease will have, as the new classification only comes into effect on January 1, 2022.