Video Game Tutors

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!
Everyone knows that practice is the best way to get good at something, be it playing the piano, writing, drawing, or even playing video games. Recently, I realized that there are some folks who are taking an extra step when it comes to developing the skills needed to play well at certain games.
So, this is a thing.
Apparently there are parents out there who are paying for Fortnite tutors for their children to help said children get better at the game. Some of these tutors are getting paid up to $35 bucks an hour, which is awesome for them.
But I never thought I would see the day where I would find an article detailing that some parents pay tutors to teach their kids video games. Back in my day, tutors were paid to help with math or give singing lessons. Video games back then were merely a hobby and we should figure out what we want to do with our lives because it wasn’t going to involve playing video games all day.
Apparently, my life’s career could have involved playing video games all day. With the rapid growth of technology in my lifetime, it has become more apparent how viable the video game industry is on the world, and if I had just stuck to playing Super Smash Bros. Melee during my free time, I could now be a competitive player on the eSports scene.
In fact, eSports is one of the main reasons as to why parents are willing to shell out the cash for tutors, with parents hoping that perhaps their child will one day go pro on the Fortnite scene. College scholarships are another reason, while other parents are just hoping that they can get a piece of Fortnite’s $100 million prize pool. Yet another parent just wanted to help ease the pressure of being good at the game for her child.
Don’t get me wrong, video games have been proven to help improve reflexes, hand-eye coordination, one’s ability to focus and multitask, and has become one of the more social activities — despite past allegations of playing alone in a basement — of today’s day and age. If you’re awesome at the games and can make money helping others learn and enjoy video games as well, why not?

What do you think of video game tutors? Would you be a willing tutor, or would you have been interested in getting a tutor when you were younger?

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  1. I would not be able to tutor because I am not very good at video games. I like playing on easy because I focus more on the fun of playing games rather than competition or being the best at them. I find it odd that there are tutors for video games now. Usually there are tutorials that will help you with the game so you do not need a tutor.
    I am honestly not sure what to think about video game tutors. On one hand, I am used to tutors being for school subjects or standardized tests. But, making money tutoring kids in games can help them get a scholarship or maybe even get a career in eSports.

    1. Hey, playing on easy is awesome, haha! We tend to go the normal route, if it’s available, but easy mode is great for games where we want to enjoy the stories and characters. I don’t know if you’ve ever played any Fire Emblem games, the turn-based fantasy strategy series where you command an army? Every character in your army has a face, name, personality (or as much of one that could be programmed into the game), and connections to the other characters, and if they die on the battlefield, they are gone for good. The more recent Fire Emblem game have a “casual” mode where characters do return after falling in battle. While it takes out some of the challenge, Casual mode lets me enjoy the characters’ stories more.
      Moving back to game tutors, I didn’t even think of the game walkthroughs and strategy guides that exist. The scholarships and eSports seem to be the main reasons as to why parents are shelling out money for tutors, but the idea is still a little baffling to me, haha!

      1. I have not played the Fire Emblem games although a friend of mine loves the games so I may try them one day! It is a baffling idea because I am used to tutors for subjects like Math not video games.

  2. Video game trainers have been a thing for a while, with people paying them to get help to improve. PARENTS paying for their kids to play is a new one on me. It seems a bit off and shortsighted. How long is Fortnite going to be the big game? Are the skills applicable to other game types?

    1. The article threw me for a loop, too. On one hand, yay for parents taking some sort of an interest in their kids’ hobbies, right? On the other hand, wouldn’t the child get the most out of the game by practicing and learning on his/her/their own? Skills like hand-eye coordination, improved reflexes, multitasking and focusing can be applied elsewhere in life, yes, but as you pointed out, who knows how long Fortnite will be the big game? It’s a baffling topic, and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      1. While I do think there is much to learn on your own, there is a tremendous value in receiving direction from outside sources, such as guides, or tutors. Drawing from my own personal experience, I am a lifelong fighting game fan. For many years, I was awful at them, despite having played a ton on my own. I didn’t get better in spite of the many hours I put into them because simply I didn’t know how to get better.
        It wasn’t until I sought help in the form of guides and videos that I began to learn the terminology, the mechanics for why certain things work and others didn’t, the psychology for why people make certain decisions in specific moments, right down to specific methods of button pressing to optimize my success rate. Without that knowledge, I would have no context for how to diagnose what I was doing wrong and make the appropriate adjustments to get better. Instead, I would have just been continually destroyed by dozens of different online opponents every night in Street Fighter without understanding why they won or what I could have done better.
        It’s not hard to find people who are still in that boat. One of my favourite Twitter accounts is, where they showcase some of the “scrubbiest” messages ever written relating to games. As someone who now has a better grasp of fighting games, I can find the humour in others whining about losing to something that they deem “cheap” or “OP” when it’s not really that bad if they had the knowledge to overcome it.
        On the other hand, I want to see more people get into the genre, and lashing out through angry tweets or hateful messages towards other players isn’t going to help their cause. Some of them are just jerks, but how many of them are lashing out because they put in 1,000 hours into a game they suck at and don’t know why they aren’t as good as they should be relative to the time they’ve spent on it? This is one of the biggest problems that the fighting game genre as a whole faces, and the entire scene is trying to find ways to bridge the gap, whether that’s through guides, video tutorials, in-game tutorials, or developers streamlining the mechanics to make on-boarding easier for newcomers. In my own little way, I try to pay it forward through the written and video guides I make on my site and YouTube channel.
        Ultimately, it’s up to the player to put in the effort to practice or learn in order to get better. However, without the right direction, the odds of a player falling by the wayside is much higher.

        1. I’m all for guides, even tutors helping out with building up your skills, be they from videos, written guides, or a personal coach. Rachel actually loves collecting strategy guides and we’re not strangers to looking up walkthroughs or let’s play videos to help us out on games if we get really stuck.
          With this article, I was surprised at the parents themselves paying for the tutoring. As a kid, I was taught that video games are fun, but the adults around me emphasized that they are not a viable career path. Even recently, one of my coworkers was speaking to a customer about how awful it was to see kids always glued to their video games. To see parents willing to pay to help their kids, perhaps, join the eSports scene is contrast to how I grew up.
          It’s nice to see video games nowadays being taken more seriously with the skills and the artistic and programming jobs, they provide aside from just the entertainment value!

  3. I’m not against people training other people to get better at games but I do think that some parents are latching on to this like some parents latch on to their kid being the next big sports star. The likelihood of anyone going pro and making a career of it is so miniscule that I can’t get behind people that act like that, especially since it often comes at the expense of guiding their children towards a more realistic career.

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