Some Parents Are Paying For Fortnite Coaches For Their Kids

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That's where the money is, ain't it?

As a kid, I was bad at shooting games.

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. She purchased four hours of Fortnite tutoring for around $50.

This unique report comes from The Wall Street Journal where they had a chance to interview many parents who are paying for Fortnite tutors. Fortnite will likely be among them, and with Epic Games continuing to offer new content updates on a regular basis, the company is unlikely to see player counts fall anytime soon. Another parent, Nick Mennen, said that coaching had helped his son rack up multiple wins a day in the battle royale. 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 reasoning goes that being good at the game has a positive impact on his social standing: "There's pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it", she told the American paper. It means the rise of contracting sites like Bidvine, which Neddleman said "has hired out more than 1,400" tutors in the last five months. "You can imagine what that was like for him at school".

"Even Fortnite coaches are surprised by the new trend", says People magazine. He hired his two sons, 10 and 12-years-old, a Fortnite coach in June and said he will continue to do so as long as the kids keep up their grades. Some, in fact, view gaming lessons in much the same way they view coaching for any other extracurricular activity parents already are accustomed to paying for: sports, music, and art.

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