Parents are reportedly hiring Fortnite tutors to teach their kids how to play the game and become better at it.
Whether you play Fortnite or not, it's probably fair to say that the tremendously popular, multi-platform video game is driving everybody a little bit insane. We don't necessarily mean that in a bad way, although we're sure some of you are sick of seeing it pop up basically everywhere right now, especially if you have no interest in it.
Even the most hardcore of Fortnite fans will likely be shaking their heads after they hear the latest news about the game. According to the Wall Street Journal, parents have been paying "Fortnite tutors" as much as $20 an hour to help their children get better at the game. On the other hand, if you are a hardcore Fortnite player, perhaps you're good enough to start training up lesser players as a side job.
Parents who spoke to the Wall Street Journal about paying for Fortnite lessons spoke of the pressure on their sons and daughters to not only download and play the game but to be good at it. Friends likely wander around in squads of four and it's no fun for anyone if one player is dragging you down. A few lessons courtesy of a $20 an hour private tutor and you could be the one leading your squad and be racking up kills.
Ally Hicks bought her son four hours worth of lessons and told the Wall Street Journal "There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it." Nick Mennen also admitted to utilizing the tutors and claims to have already seen the results. Since buying Fortnite lessons the dad claims his son has gone from struggling like the rest of us to "throw[ing] down 10 to 20 wins". We'll believe that if and when we see it.
The Fortnite hype shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. The game is only just celebrating its first birthday and recently surpassed 100 million downloads on mobile despite only being available on that platform for the past five months. If you're a parent reading this and your son or daughter isn't that good at Fortnite, maybe convince them that tutors who can help you improve are simply an urban myth.