The Wall Street Journal recently found several families are now hiring tutors to teach their kids... how to win at Fortnite.
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Parents are paying up to $20 per hour to help their kids improve their skills in "Fortnite", Epic Games' phenomenally successful free-to-play Battle Royale game. "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. "The other dads I play with congratulated me". While this may sound like a silly, one-off trend, over 1,400 tutors have been contracted since March from one site alone.
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. "You can imagine what that was like for him at school". However, a new report suggests the latest boom area for private schooling isn't maths, English, or another academic subject - it's Fortnite. Ally Hicks, who paid for a Fortnite tutor for her 10-year-old son, told the WSJ: "There's pressure not to just play it, but to be really good at it". Until now, usually "adult hobbyists and older teenagers aspiring to go professional" sought the help of the coaches. Other parents are taking lessons themselves so they can bond with their children and keep up with their hobbies.