Does your kid suck at Fortnite? Want to help them get better? Well, now you can. According to the Wall Street Journal, parents are hiring coaches to help their kids to be better at the popular online shooter Fortnite for up to $20 a session. The pressure stems from winning the game rather than just playing. One parent, Ally Hicks, said that her 10 year old son would become upset when he lost in the game. For $50, she hired a Fortnite coach for a four session with her son to improve his skills.
Developed by Epic Games, Fortnite has become a cultural phenomenon with the latest release, “Battle Royale” drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year since it launched in 2017. Both editions of the game have become strong competitors for Blizzard Entertainment’s “Overwatch”, which has a larger following and now hosts the Overwatch League, the eSports league overseen by Blizzard. But Fortnite is quickly gaining ground, unfortunately, the generated popularity has led to the need to be the best at the game and the pressure is great. The need to be “number one” has led to the bullying of some kids because they do not play the game well or at all. And that’s where the ‘special coaches’ come in at. Their job is to help the kids so they can be among the elite and not be bullied anymore. Funny thing is, when they become the top dog in Fortnite, what do think is going to happen when they come across a novice Fortnite player?
A little food for thought.