'Fortnite' fever: Parents hiring coaches or tutors to help kids get better at video game

(KGTV) - When many parents notice their child having problems with school subjects, they often seek a tutor to help him or her overcome their struggles.

Now, the same can be said for children who need help playing -- and succeeding at -- the video game “Fortnite.”

According to a Wall Street Journal report, many parents are so invested in their child’s Fortnite gaming that they are hiring coaches or tutors to guide them through the game.

Fortnite is a free online game that has exploded in popularity across the world within the past year, and it has also spawned serious competition among its players.

FORTNITE FEVER:

In the game, players use real money to buy outfits or weapons for their characters, and to unlock special character movements like dances.

But for a lot of players, the game has become somewhat of a social proving ground, leading some parents to get their child some extra help.

A parent referenced in the WSJ report hired a coach after she noticed her son was not doing well in the game. The mother, according to the report, “purchased four hours of online lessons from a player she found through a freelance labor website” -- for about $50.

The WSJ reported that many parents feel that hiring a tutor for Fortnite is similar to hiring a coach to help a child improve their skills in sports or other activities.



Click here to read the complete Wall Street Journal report by Sarah E. Needleman

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