• Parents are paying for tutors to improve their children's Fortnite skills.
  • Harry Darwin, a 22-year-old from Ipswich, offers his services as a 'Fortnite Sensei' for R400 an hour.
  • There are some players who will charge R2,500 an hour. 

Parents are paying for tutors to improve their children's Fortnite skills.

One of the teachers is Harry Darwin, a 22-year-old from Ipswich in the UK. Darwin works for the company Gamer Sensei, that offers one-on-one tutors for several top-flight esports including League of Legends, Dota 2 and even Counter Strike.

It’s proving to be a lucrative business online.

“A good majority of my students are trying to get better so they can beat their friends,” said Darwin. 

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While Darwin charges a R400 an hour, there are some players who demand much more. One of the most expensive on the platform is Kevin ‘Purge’ Godec, who charges R2,500 an hour.

Thulani Sishi, coach of the South African female video-game team Leetpro, says the demand for gaming coaches in South Africa is growing as they can prove to be a huge advantage to players.

“Locally players still need to grow into accepting advice from coaches, who are usually players themselves. Soon some players will retire for jobs as dedicated coaches and this will create a much closer environment.”

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