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Gamers playing Fortnite. Photo: Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Executives in professional sports fields are increasingly worrying that their athletes are becoming addicted to video games, the Washington Post reports, and the World Health Organization shares their concern and calls the addiction a disease.

The big picture: Despite the concern over video game addiction, American psychiatrists are not so sure that a gaming addiction is as serious as some make it out to be.

The state of play: Professional athletes, like many others around the globe, have caught on to the craze of Fortnite — the popular multiplayer video game at the center of the controversy where as many as 100 players compete against each other to be the last survivor on an constantly shrinking island.

The details: The World Health Organization added "gaming disorder" to its diagnostic handbook earlier this year. The organization believes gaming meets its three major criteria for a health disorder, The Verge reports.

  • "Three criteria are necessary to diagnose someone with gaming disorder: gaming is strongly preferred over other activities, the patient does not stop gaming even when there are negative consequences like seeing their friends less or doing badly at their job, and the compulsive gaming strains the patient’s life or relationships."

Yes, but: Experts from the American Journal of Psychiatry don't believe there is enough evidence supporting a diagnosis at this point, the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: Vladimir Poznyak, the WHO member who proposed the diagnosis, told CNN that the purpose of the diagnosis is not to create a precedent, but to follow "the trends, the developments" that are taking place in the population and professional field.

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Dublin-based Ryanair said it would add 75 more planes to an existing order for Boeing's 737 Max airplanes, a giant vote of confidence as Boeing seeks to revive sales of its best-selling plane after a 20-month safety ban following two fatal crashes.

The big picture: Ryanair's big order, on the heels of breakthrough vaccine news, is also a promising sign that the devastated airline industry might recover from the global pandemic sooner than expected.

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Trump sets auction for Arctic refuge drilling rights before Biden takes office

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The Interior Department on Thursday said it will auction oil drilling leases in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in early January.

Why it matters: The procedural step would make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to thwart drilling in the region, even though any actual development is years away.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney elected chair of House Democrats' campaign arm

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Thursday was elected chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2022 cycle, narrowly defeating Rep. Tony Cardenás (D-Calif.) 119 to 107, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Maloney will be tasked with protecting House Democrats' slim majority in 2022 after they underperformed in November's election, losing seats in down-ballot races across the country.