Opinion: Parents Hiring Fortnite Tutors is a Good Thing

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Via IGN - "Parents across the world are starting to pay for tutors to help their kids develop skills at Fortnite.

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article detailing various parents and their children involved in this phenomenon, interviewing them about their experiences.

Some parents claim they simply don't want their kids losing matches, others are taking lessons for themselves so they aren't so embarrassed when they play the game, and some are even taking lessons alongside their kids as a bonding experience."

Video games have dealt with negative stereotypes for as long as they've been around. There are plenty of people who don't see any value in what they have to offer. With the recent rise in popularity for Fortnite and eSports as a whole, it's refreshing to see parents take an interest in their children's hobby. Especially when this particular hobby has been looked down upon for far too long.

 If it's okay to pay for this, then it's okay to pay for a video game coach.

If it's okay to pay for this, then it's okay to pay for a video game coach.

Hiring a tutor to train your child to play a video game better is no different than paying a music instructor to teach them an instrument, or to pay for AAU leagues for sports. In all three instances you are paying for a service that will help your child succeed in something that interests them. An argument that I have seen is that music and sports can teach the children valuable skills such as enhancing their cognitive abilities and fostering teamwork. To that I say: Don't video games do those exact same things? 

To succeed at most first person shooters, players must have quick reflexes paired with strong attention to detail. Through my own experience, continued use of video games has improved upon both of those abilities. You're constantly forced to be aware of your surroundings so you can quickly and effectively take on the enemy team or individual players (depending on game mode, of course). Is watching a screen while moving from button to button on a controller really any different than moving from chord to chord on a guitar without looking? The perception that video games rot your brain is played out. In fact there have been studies proving games not only aren't rotting your brain but actually improving upon its functions. 

 Teamwork leads to championships.

Teamwork leads to championships.

In the same vein as competitive sports, video games can foster a true sense of teamwork. Take a look at the recent Overwatch League Grand Finals and see how important teamwork was to London's success. Not a fan of Overwatch? Take some time to watch competitive play of Rainbow Six: Siege. A lack of communication will prove to be the difference between who wins and loses 100% of the time. Communication, trust, and an understanding of your teammates' strengths and weaknesses is present in video games just as much as it is on a football field or basketball court. The only real difference is no one scoffs at you when you pay for competitive sports leagues because that's a hobby that's deemed acceptable by society.

The times they are a changin' and video games are becoming more of a realistic career path as the years go by. Instead of chastising your children for playing video games do what some of these parents are doing and simply take an interest. No, you don't have to shell out money for a Fortnite coach but the very least you could do is try to understand why your child is so invested in video games. My favorite part of the article was when it mentioned how parents were taking lessons alongside their children so they could understand what it's all about. Games have always had the amazing ability to bring people together from all over the world. Now, it looks like they're bringing families together without the negative stereotypes. It feels good.