Parents hiring coaches to help their kids get better at playing Fortnite

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That's right, mom and dad are now paying for their kids to win video games (and not to learn math or history).

Now it seems like either I have become too old or the world has lost its goddamn mind.

Some parents began hiring tutors or coaches in Fortnite: Battle Royale to help their children get better at the game, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Twitter users were in disbelief that parents would hire "Fortnite" tutors.

The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reported earlier this week that parents nationwide have started hiring "Fortnite" coaches to make their children better at the video game, which has risen to popularity in the previous year with its battle royale mode. Much like "eager dugout dads opening their wallets for pitching lessons", Needleman noted, parents of "Fortnite" players are increasingly "willing to pay for their offspring to gain an edge".

And now, some players are profiting off of parents. But if your kid sucks at the game and dies early on in the game, then his friends aren't going to want to play with him anymore and they'll stop inviting him to their group. Another parent, Nick Mennen, said that coaching had helped his son rack up multiple wins a day in the battle royale. Some of those parents are hoping that their kids will turn their hobbies into lucrative e-sports careers, a college scholarship - or, at least, a slice of "Fortnite" developer Epic Games' $US100 million competitive prize pool. "There's pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it", Hicks said.

More than 1,400 "Fornite" coaches have been hired since March, according to Game Rant. He hired his two sons, 10 and 12-years-old, a Fortnite coach in June and said he will continue to do so as long as the kids keep up their grades.

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