(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.
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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.