Thousands of Parents Are Hiring Fortnite Tutors for Their Children

Yolanda Curtis
August 5, 2018

Epic games introduced the game a year ago and Fortnite: Battle Royal seems turned out to be the best mode of the game. Yes, it's true these parents are hiring the skilled and professional Fortnite players to help their kids in the game.

In our previous coverage in April, you won't believe how much eSports players are earning, so you can understand the parents' hopeful investments.

The news about these so-called Fortnite coaches was revealed recently by the Wall Street Journal, courtesy of Bleacher Report. "My dad would have never paid for me to take video game lessons", Logan Werner, an 18-year-old Fortnite coach in Utah, told the Wall Street Journal. One website called Gamersensei has hundreds of available coaches for all sorts of video games, but right now Fortnite is their hottest product. She also explained the pressure isn't only on playing the game, but to be good at playing it, too.

The report says some are paying upward of $50 an hour for video game experts to help their kids with their playing skills.

Another parent noted that their 12-year-old son was struggling to win when competing in Fortnite Battle Royale. When you think of hiring a tutor, the first thing that probably comes to mind is going to school school and getting an education. He paid $20 an hour and after six hours of lessons a month, his son was able to get 10-20 wins in the game.

But there could also be a financial incentive: Fortnite creator Epic Games Inc. has pledged $100 million in tournament prizes and there are even college varsity teams that are popping up. While this may sound like a silly, one-off trend, over 1,400 tutors have been contracted since March from one site alone. "It's not like they're going to turn 35 and be like, 'Well, I'm a baseball fan now'".

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