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.
“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.
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.
Many people across social media have responded with a similar reaction of shock and in some cases even disgust:
If you hire a tutor to teach your kid how to be better at Fortnite, I’m calling child protective services
— Alex Fine (@alexcfine) August 2, 2018
>parents getting tutors to help their kids play fortnite.
why not spend that money to help them with schoolwork instead. you know.. education is important still and all.
— ♔ ᴀʟɪsʜᴀ. (@Lisheon) August 2, 2018
Parents are now hiring video game tutors for their children to be better at games like Fortnite.. what has our world come to?
— Austin Weisheipl (@AustinWeisheipl) August 2, 2018
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.