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Is video gaming addictive? Inside the debate pitting gamer against gamer

A new NHS treatment centre takes on the new—and contested—social problem

By Tola Onanuga  

The first specialist NHS clinic to treat gaming addiction in the UK will open at the start of November in London, allowing children and adults who are seriously addicted to computer games to access free treatment and support, according to NHS England.

The move comes at a time when the gaming industry has experienced enormous growth over the past decade. Recent figures show that there are approximately 2.2 billion gamers across the world and the…

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