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The Gaming Community React to BBC Suggesting 20 Hours A Week is an Addiction

Published: 19/Jun/2018 19:10 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:34

by Calum Patterson


Following the news that the World Health Organization (WHO) have officially classified ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental illness, the BBC made the rather odd suggestion that 20 hours a week qualified as an ‘addiction’.

It should be noted, that this is not a figure that comes from the WHO’s report and classification of gaming disorder, rather the WHO does not specify a certain amount of time required to be diagnosed.


Gaming Disorder, as recognized by the WHO, should be present over a 12 month period and when an individual plays video games to the extent that it significantly impairs “personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”

The BBC covered the news by putting together a short video in which they speak to a group of young gamers, who explain they play roughly 20 hours a week.


The school aged boys from Scotland explain that they play a variety of games, including Fortnite, FIFA and Minecraft, for over 20 hours a week, saying that it is an escape for a few hours each day after school.

The report also shows the group playing together and being social, which is a key component to many of these games, notably Fortnite.

However, there is no mention that these boys are failing in school, their personal health is lacking or that they are ‘prioritising gaming over other interests’, as the WHO specifies as the requirements for gaming disorder.


Games and Esports journalist and former host Richard Lewis said of the BBC’s report:

“It just shows kids playing and saying ‘yeh, I like games, it’s escapism’. Then it just says at the end ‘you can have too much of a good thing though’ – yes, we all know that.

Many responed to the report on Twitter, explaining that the BBC idea of addiction was badly skewed.

Looking at the official classification from the WHO, Lewis reiterates that it is a ‘disorder’ and in no way linked to ‘addiction’, despite the BBC’s use of the latter term.


“We’ve all known gamers like that. Who stay up, play too much, don’t look after themselves, they’re willing to throw away friendships over video games.

But the vast majority of gamers, ones that play for much longer than 20 hours a week, are very well balanced, responsible adults, that choose to do this as their passion. It’s their mode of escapism, they don’t want to read a book, they don’t want to watch TV, they don’t want to go the movies – they want to play video games. And what’s the problem?

What is reassuring about what the WHO has said, is that unless you’ve got all this shit going on, gaming’s fine, and deliberately strayed away from using the word addiction.”

You can watch Lewis’ full video below, in which he goes in to much more detail about the WHO’s classification, and BBC’s what he calls, misrepresentation of it.


Viral FIFA 21 clip shows why Virgil van Dijk is worth 500k FUT coins

Published: 13/Oct/2020 16:24

by David Purcell


Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is worth north of 500,000 coins in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team, which is an absolutely whopping amount to pay at this stage of the game. But, a viral clip of the defender proves why his price tag is so enormous. 

Last season, when the Merseyside club made securing their 19th English league title a breeze, some fans were calling for their Dutch center back to be given a statue. Some in jest, while others were quite serious about it for the future.


He’s been a real game changer for the club since his arrival from Southampton, and earned a 90-rated Ultimate Team card in FIFA 21.

With the game rolling out on October 9 for all editions, there’s not really been enough time for the market values of players to settle just yet. According to the FUTWIZ database, he’s valued at over half a million already, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Virgil Van Dijk going up for a header in FIFA
Van Dijk winning headers is a regular sight in FIFA 21.

Van Dijk FIFA 21 clip goes viral

As usual, members of the game’s online community have been sharing game clips and screenshots of their best findings since release day.

One video in particular has been doing the rounds like no other, showing the central defender making the most of new AI blocks in-game. Though, it’s fair to say it’s no ordinary block.

The ball comes pinging off the left boot of Mohamed Salah, and looks set to hit the top corner of the goal, before van Dijk flies across to the ball and turns it behind for a corner in extraordinary fashion. You’ve got to see this.


The video, posted by Xav Salazar, has racked up over 2.6 million views at the time of writing. Nobody can quite believe what they’re seeing, but yes, van Dijk looks to be worth the hefty price tag he commands.

If he was doing this game in, game out, you wouldn’t even need a goalkeeper.