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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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Biden adviser Cedric Richmond sees first-term progress on reparations

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White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" that it's "doable" for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online

Any future real-world conflict between the United States and an adversary like China or Russia will have direct impacts on regular Americans because of the risk of cyber attack, Kevin Mandia, CEO of cybersecurity company FireEye, tells "Axios on HBO."

What they're saying: "The next conflict where the gloves come off in cyber, the American citizen will be dragged into it, whether they want to be or not. Period."

Cedric Richmond: We won't wait on GOP for "insufficient" stimulus

Top Biden adviser Cedric Richmond told "Axios on HBO" the White House believes it has bipartisan support for a stimulus bill outside the Beltway.

  • "If our choice is to wait and go bipartisan with an insufficient package, we are not going to do that."

The big picture: The bill will likely undergo an overhaul in the Senate after House Democrats narrowly passed a stimulus bill this weekend, reports Axios' Kadia Goba.