Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Are parents paying for 'Fortnite' lessons for their kids?

Are parents paying for 'Fortnite' lessons for their kids?

The latter famously said in March that he spent 10 straight hours playing the game, and he came dangerously close to saying it was more thrilling than his own national championship win in college. That's where the money is, ain't it? Apparently this game is so popular kids are finding themselves on the outside of the social circle if they're not the best player they can be.

Wall Street Journal reports that parents are now hiring coaches for their children to get them better at playing Fortnite, Epic's free-to-play Battle Royale-inspired shooter that continues to grow in popularity. "You can imagine what that was like for him at school", Ally Hicks, a project manager with a 10-year-old son told the paper. Most rates depend on the coach, but the cost hovers around $15 to $50 per hour for three to four hours of coaching. The reason is a new insane trend where parents are hiring Fortnite coaches for up to $20 per hour to train their kids so that they can beat other players in the free-to-play battle royal game.

Winning a game of Fortnite comes with its list of advantages: bragging rights, which were previously reserved for the likes of sports personalities, season passes, battle passes, skins, weapons, V-Bucks, and much more.

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And even professional athletes, from new Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, have enlisted time and money into building their careers on "Fortnite". Another parent, Nick Mennen, said that coaching had helped his son rack up multiple wins a day in the battle royale.

Coaches can be found through social media or through contracting sites, according to the article.

Speaking of gaming scholarships, it has been a real thing in 2018, and Ohio's Ashland University even include Fortnite as one of the games the students can use to get discount on the tuition fees.

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