The latest news making the rounds today is The Wall Street Journal's revelation that parents are paying special gaming tutors to teach them and their kids how to play Fortnite. The Wall Street Journal published a story, talking to parents about the hows and whys of video game tutoring. Some parents stated that the wanted their kids to have the chance to win, while others simply did it so they themselves could learn more about the thing their kids are most passionate about as an exercise in bonding.
It was also reported that one site in particular claimed to have hired out more than fourteen hundred Fortnite tutors since March.
Most of the chatter surrounding this news has been negative, but I think it's fantastic. The fact that parents are willing to support their kids hobbies with the realization that in this day and age, it's possible to make a living if you put the effort in to perfecting your gaming skills and get lucky enough.
In my opinion, this is just like paying for your kid to get golf lessons. If someone is passionate about something, we're far too quick to jump in and express our dismay because it goes against what is "normal".
I remember growing up in a strict household where I was constantly battling my folks to let me play games. I was often berated for "not having any real hobbies" and for not going outside to play soccer in the street with the other kids in the neighborhood. Fast forward to the end of high school and I was ready to enroll in game development school but was forced to choose a "real career" and rail-roaded into studying to fly planes instead. I'm sure you all know how that ended. I can fly a plane but would much rather do it in a game of Battlefield.
Games have always been my main passion. The fact that I'm lucky enough to write about them on a daily basis is still something I'm having a hard time coming to grips with.
I love the thought that the next generation will have the freedom to chose the path they take. As gamers we should encourage this at every turn. It's only going to lead to more money going into our favourite hobby and more exposure to the unknowing public. Just look at how many people in your life right now that typically know nothing about games are all of a sudden wanting to chat to you about Fortnite.
Let me know what you think about this whole thing in the comments below!
By the way, parents out there. I have over a hundred victory royales under my belt and am available for $25 or 2,000 V-Bucks an hour.