With over 125 million playing the game worldwide, the pressure for children to win among peers is leaving parents open to giving their kids an added boost.
The website Gamer Sensi has hundreds of coaches, many of whom specialise in Fortnite, and charge between $10 and $25 an hour, to offer their services over the internet and help improve gameplay. It might be a free-for-all shooter, but a combination of a cartoon aesthetic and a minimal outward display of violence (as well as that helpful free-to-play tag) means that Fortnite can be accessible for children while not alienating their parents.
'You can imagine what that was like for him at school'.
There's also the chance that if their kids are good enough at the game, they could win a chunk of a $100 million competitive prize pool. The Wall Street Journal spoke to parents that are anxious that their children are being exorcised from social life because of they can barely last a minute of gameplay without getting shot from behind.
But even some of the people making money out of the game find it a bit weird.
But the parents shelling out for these lessons say that the practice is no different than investing in private tutors to help their children succeed in other activities, like basketball or chess.
However, an 18-year-old coach told the publication that he's a bit perplexed by the whole situation: 'My dad would never have paid for me to take video game lessons, ' he commented.
Social media seems to think otherwise.
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