Some parents are hiring "Fortnite" tutors at up to $20 an hour to coach their children to become more adept at the video game. For some parents, it even means secret online coaching, like what one suburban dad paid for - while his kids "grew suspicious" as he suddenly became better at "Fortnite".
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reported earlier this week that parents nationwide have started hiring "Fortnite" coaches to make their children better at the video game, which has risen to popularity in the a year ago with its battle royale mode. Through a freelance labor website, Ally Hicks found a tutor for her 10-year old son. So much so, in fact, that it isn't uncommon for mom and dad to shell out real money so their kids can have "Fortnite" teachers.
While the private tuition trend highlights the growing popularity of Fortnite, there are some who fear children are becoming addicted to it and other games. Another parent, Nick Mennen, said that coaching had helped his son rack up multiple wins a day in the battle royale. She also explained the pressure isn't only on playing the game, but to be good at playing it, too. When you think of hiring a tutor, the first thing that probably comes to mind is going to school school and getting an education.
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Yep, that's what we're down to now - parents are actually paying through their bodily orifices (most likely: nose) for lessons to make their offspring better at a computer game.
"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".
Parents typically find Fortnite coaches for their children through social media or contracting sites. "It's not like they're going to turn 35 and be like, 'Well, I'm a baseball fan now'".