In turn, it might also encourage those who can't stop playing games to seek help.
However, some have questioned whether gaming disorder needs to be recognized as its own condition, and not dealt with as a symptom of mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Dr. Shekhar Saxena, director of WHO's department for mental health and substance abuse, told the news outlet that it based its conclusion on scientific evidence and that it indicates "the need and the demand for treatment in many parts of the world".
On Monday, the World Health Organization announced its eleventh International Classification of Diseases, placing "Video Game Disorder" in the same category as 'Gambling Disorder'.
"We come across parents who are distraught, not only because they're seeing their child drop out of school, but because they're seeing an entire family structure fall apart", said Dr. Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a spokeswoman for behavioral addictions at Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists.
A 2013 statement from the group said it's "a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion" in its manual.
Video game addiction will soon become a diagnosable metal health condition, at least in the eyes of leading global health officials.
Since gaming can result in feelings of pleasure and reward, spending excessive time in front of a screen can develop into an addiction. The U.S. video game industry - through its Entertainment Software Association lobbying group - threw its support behind several academics who opposed the WHO's efforts when it confirmed a year ago that they would include "gaming disorder" as a condition.
This latest version, known as ICD-11, is completely electronic for the first time, in an effort to make it more accessible to doctors and other health workers around the world.
It is believed that between 1% and 6% of young people are addicted to video games. The hallmark of the disorder is that playing games overtakes other desires, and that it continues or escalates despite negative consequences.
"Be on the lookout", he said.