Thousands of Parents Are Hiring Fortnite Tutors for Their Children

Gerald Bowen
August 4, 2018

The Wall Street Journal has a profile of a rising trend of parents buying online lessons for their kids so they can master the first-person shooter game, which is played by an estimated 125 million gamers around the planet. Apparently some coaches charge as much as $35 (£26.76) an hour. He has played games for professional eSports teams in the US, Europe and Korea and says he was head coach for Samsung's Fortnite team.

Forget baseball or hoops, parents are now spending money to get their children coaching help for video games. "Within one week, I actually got a solo win", Giles said.

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

"It's really surreal to me", 18-year-old coach Logan Werner told the newspaper.

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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.

Ally Hicks told the publication she was anxious that her 10-year-old son wasn't winning in Fortnite so she spent around $50 for four hours of online lessons.

According to those parents, some children are feeling pressure not just to play with their friends, but also succeed.

'You can imagine what that was like for him at school'. Other parents are taking lessons themselves so they can bond with their children and keep up with their hobbies.

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