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

Posted at 8:42 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 12:18:16-04

(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.


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