Ako-Bicol party-list solons’ bill seeks to regulate video gaming through content rating

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Ako Bicol party-list representatives have filed a bill that seeks to regulate video gaming by establishing a video game content rating and classification system.

House Bill 7909 was filed by Ako Bicol Reps. Rodel Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin and Christopher Co.

The bill seeks to establish “rating and classification system for all video games introduced to the Philippine Market, whether through video game arcades, laptop or desktop computers, game consoles or mobile smartphones.”

According to the bill’s authors, while some games have gained popularity and have been considered a form of electronic sports, the “extreme popularity” of video games has brought “unforseen problems especially in relation to unauthorized distribution and user addiction.”

Batocabe said that video games need to be regulated after the World Health Organization classified video game addiction as a mental disorder.

“Filed HB NO. 7909, regulating video games by establishing a video game content rating and classification system considering that the World Health Organization has classified gaming addiction as a form of mental disorder,” said Batocabe.

“Dapat malimitahan natin ang paglaro ng kung ano- anong video games especially those extremely violent games to our children,” he added.

Batocabe said that “we don’t want to have a nation full of addicts.”