Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Parents paying $20-per-hour ‘Fortnite’ tutors to train their kids

Parents paying $20-per-hour ‘Fortnite’ tutors to train their kids

"Fortnite" - which is playable on the iPhone, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One - encompasses a "Hunger Games"-like battle which pitches 100 players against each other, either alone or in small teams".

According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, some parents are paying as much as $20 per hour to have their kids tutored by "expert" players.

Forget baseball or hoops, parents are now spending money to get their children coaching help for video games. "A typical session with me includes a self-analysis of one's own errors, an individual analysis of statistics and VoD review", he says on his profile.

"There's pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it", one mother from Winchester, England told the Journal.

There is also a burgeoning e-sports market related to the game as millions around the world have started tuning in on YouTube to watch other people play. Websites like Gamer Sensei and Bidvine that provide gaming coaches claim that more than 1,400 "Fortnite" coaches have been hired since March this year.

'You can imagine what that was like for him at school'.

Fortnite has become such a social phenomenon for people of all ages that even young kids are needing to get their status up on the game, as well as, prompt parents to pay for the coaches. Ally Hicks, a project manager from Winchester, England, was said to have paid $50 for four hours of lessons from a professional Fortnite coach so that her 10-year-old son could improve his skills in the popular game. The Wall Street Journal spoke to parents that are anxious that their children are being exorcised from social life because of they can barely last a minute of gameplay without getting shot from behind.

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