Tutoring has become fun again thanks to Fortnite. Now parents are literally hiring “Fortnite Coaches” to improve their children’s play.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, one parent, Ally Hicks, paid $50 to improve her ten-year-old son’s game. That bought her about four hours of online lessons from a Fortnite pro. Others are reportedly paying between $10-20 for coaching.
“There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it,” Hicks told the WSJ. “You can imagine what that was like for him at school.”
It is a different world we live in today and now video games can actually pay off career-wise with how big professional esports has become and how many are making a full-time job out of it. Some parents see it as investing in their child’s future the way you would with getting them help in other school subjects, but this is probably way more fun.
Another parent, Nick Mennen, told the Wall Street Journal that his 12-year-old son Noble was having a tough time winning in Fortnite. According to him, it’s money well spent.
“Now he’ll throw down 10 to 20 wins,” Mennen said.
Parents seem to also want to help their kids become the next Fortnite stars. With practice, maybe one day they can compete at the same high levels as Ninja, Dr. Lupo, TSM Myth, and FaZe.
Fortnite, which is currently in its fifth season, is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, iPhone, and Nintendo Switch. It has also become a global money-making phenomenon. Last week, Devon Pendleton and Christopher Palmeri of Bloomberg reported Fortnite is on track to generate $2 billion for its parent company Epic Games in 2018.
What do you think about this whole “Fortnite Coaches” business? Would you pay to improve either your kids’ or your gameplay? Maybe you are a Fortnite expert who wants to earn extra cash.
Let us know in the comments!
Tarah Bleier is a freelance writer, editor and content creator from Toronto. She currently actively writes for, Daily Esports, Flixist and Outright Geekery. As a graduate from Centennial College’s Journalism program, she has also written for Nintendo Enthusiast, PC Invasion, Tribute.ca, Factinate.com and recently for Geek Enthusiast Magazine. In her free time, she loves gaming, cosplaying, prop making and attending as many conventions and geeky events as she can.