Parents have Begun Hiring Fortnite Coaches for their Kids

By Brad Nash
28 August 2018
Fortnite, Culture, Gaming
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Yep, really.

This is what the world has come to. Don't get us wrong, we like the casual game of Fortnite, along with the following four hours of compulsive binge-playing that comes along with it, as much as the next person, but such is the social and economic impact that the game has had on the youth of the world right now, a report from The Wall Street Journal has found that parents have now taken to getting their kids Fortnite lessons in the hope that they won't only have a high chance of winning the incredibly popular battle royale game, but potentially make a living out of it too.

Of course, in a world where E-sports are a thing, playing Fortnite can, through a number of ways, be a lucrative business. Streamers like Ninja make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year entirely through the virtue of playing the game while broadcasting something that vaguely resembles a likeable personality, colleges in America are now handing out scholarships to people they hope will join their Varsity gaming teams, while Epic Games have pledged at least $100 million (approx. Dhs367 million) in prize money to be dolled out at a number of planned Fortnite tournaments to take place in the future.

This, combined with the social pressure facing kids these days to not only play the game, but win (generally while being as irritating on public chat as possible), has given rise to a new wave of Fortnite coaches, who are charging upwards of $35USD (approx. Dhs129) an hour for the service of giving people the skills they need to play the game at something close to a professional level. In a game like Fortnite, which at a high level focuses on reflexes and very, very fast building while being shot at, this makes all the difference in a player's ability to realistically win a game. And if you've ever played Fortnite at a casual level, you'll know just how much separates the addicts from the everyday hobbyist.

In an example reported by the Journal, 'Nick Mennen was happy to pay $20 (approx. Dhs73) an hour for his 12-year-old son, Noble, to take Fortnite lessons. The dad is already dreaming of a scholarship – or at least some tournament money.

'Noble used to win Fortnite infrequently before he began taking about six hours of lessons a month. “Now he’ll throw down 10 to 20 wins,” said Mr. Mennen, a software developer in Cedar Park, Texas.'

The report also stated that a number of Dads are taking up lessons in order to be able to bond with their kids through the game. 'Dale Federighi, a software engineer in San Jose, Calif., signed himself up for Fortnite lessons a few weeks ago so he could play alongside his sons, Joel, 6, and Elliot, 11. In this case, his children wanted no part of the coaching. “They dissed it,” he said. “They’re both very stubborn.”'

Via GQ Australia