Parents hiring coaches to help their kids get better at playing Fortnite

Parents hiring coaches to help their kids get better at playing Fortnite

Some of those parents are hoping that their kids will turn their hobbies into lucrative e-sports careers, a college scholarship - or, at least, a slice of "Fortnite" developer Epic Games' $US100 million competitive prize pool. That's where the money is, ain't it? That's right, mom and dad are now paying for their kids to win video games (and not to learn math or history).

For some, it's to help their child become more successful at the game, feeling that if they play better, they can connect with other young people who play the game well and it will have social benefits.

A Wall Street Journal report says that several parents are shelling out money to pay private Fortnite: Battle Royale coaches to help children excel at the video game.

This unique report comes from The Wall Street Journal where they had a chance to interview many parents who are paying for Fortnite tutors. Some parents get all judgey and share those memes that remind us of how much we all played outside as a kid.

Fortnite fans are going the extra distance to win battles and prove they are in the top of their class.

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Similarly, father Nick Mennen hired a coach for $20 an hour for his 12-year-old son.

That means lessons costing anywhere between $10 and $20 - or more - an hour. There are also dedicated coaching marketplaces like Gamer Sensei, which charges between $US15 and $US35 an hour for "Fortnite" lessons.

Coaches can be found through social media or through contracting sites, according to the article. She also explained the pressure isn't only on playing the game, but to be good at playing it, too.

Unfortunately, this whole tutoring thing means it's going to be even harder for me to get Victory Royales going forward!

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