Gaming industry could contribute to the costs of ‘gaming addiction’ research

UKIE chairman, Andy Payne has reportedly said more research is needed into the issue of possible addiction to videogames, saying that the word ‘addiction’ is quite an emotive one.

Payne says that when talking about clinical addiction, it is proven to be something that people want as a dependency and therefore “we have to look at the evidence and the research.” He added that the industry could even be willing to contribute to the costs of research, support for those affected and (or if) a clinical issue can be proven.

“If people are finding they’ve got problems in their lives, and we can help solve those problems, then we should be able to do something positive about it,” he said.

Payne is also very sure the industry takes these claims very seriously.