Xinhua reported that Chinese authorities have decided to develop a China-specific criteria for diagnosing minors' addiction of online games.
A special work plan, jointly issued by 15 ministry-level authorities, Sunday gave a call to researchers to develop tools to identify early stages of potential addiction for facilitating early intervention for minors.
It was observed if cases were assessed based on imported criteria developed for groups with different cultural and social backgrounds, it could result in misdiagnosis.
China's online gaming industry took in revenue worth 24.84 billion yuan ($4 billion) in the first half of 2012.
However, minors' addiction to online gaming has caused serious social problems, which sometimes lead to juvenile crimes, said a Ministry of Culture official requesting annonymity.