Parents now paying for their kids to get Fortnite coaching

Eliza Velk
Junior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

It’s the video game that’s taken the world by storm after gaining a massive 125 million players across the globe since it’s release in September 2017.

And while some parents are worried about their kid’s gaming addiction, others are now splashing out on private coaches to help their child excel at the popular ‘Fortnite: Battle Royale.’

Yep, never mind school tutors, parents are now looking at Fortnite tutors with the cost of these services averaging about $20 per hour, according to a report published by The Wall Street Journal

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the video game taking the world by storm so much so people are calling in tutors. Source: Epic Games

“There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it,” said one mother who recently paid for her 10-year-old to receive private lessons in the free-to-play shooter game so he could keep up with other kids at school.

For many parents, the incentive is not only to help their kid win, but to encourage their child’s hobby to turn into profitable e-sports careers, college gamer scholarships or at least earn them a piece of the US$100 million competitive prize pool, as contributed by its developer Epic Games. 

Parents who are paying for Fortnite tutors are recognising the pressure for their kids to get good at the popular game. Source: Getty

Meanwhile, other parents are choosing to take lessons alongside their children as a bonding experience and to encourage friendly competition within the family.

The new trend has even surprised some of the coaches with one 18-year-old professional player calling the situation ‘odd’ considering game tutoring typically only used to be for those keen to go pro.

“My dad would have never paid for me to take video game lessons,” he said.

Some parents are using the coaching as a bonding experience with their kids, Source: Getty

Many people across social media have responded with a similar reaction of shock and in some cases even disgust:

However, if this is something parents are interested in, Fortnite tutors are said to be typically found on social media or contracting sites, with one site claiming it has hired over 1,400 Fortnite coaches since March.

It may be a new move that is odd to accept but there’s no denying that this is a reflection of the upcoming generation who live with the prevalence of video games and technology on a daily basis.

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