The global pandemic has caused huge changes to the daily lives of millions of people, with thousands upon thousands finding themselves out of work. While many corporations have taken their business online, those out of work are also using the internet to earn their wages – and some are even finding work as video game coaches.
As reported by CNN, an increasing number of people are choosing to teach others how to get good at games, including the likes of Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends and Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The publication spoke to concert violist and music teacher, Trevor Andrews, who has begun coaching others in Apex after finding himself under financial strain.
After his symphony performances were cancelled and work dried up, the Apex fan decided to coach others in the free-to-play shooter of which he sees himself as an expert.
Andrews estimates he pulled in around $500 USD in March from his game coaching, but hopes that self-promoting will help him earn more. He’s currently charging $25 per hour or $60 for three hours via Fiverr.
Andrews isn’t the only one. CNN also spoke with Tyler Cunningham, who is now coaching people in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Cunningham was working at a pharmacy before the pandemic led to him losing his job.
Games coaching website, ProGuides, has said that more people than ever are purchasing online gaming lessons, with coaching sessions increasing by 25% in March compared to February. Fiverr also has similar stats, boasting a 43% increase over the same period.
“Video game coaching already existed, of course, but the current pandemic has created the right conditions that facilitate it becoming more widespread,” said Joost van Dreunen, founder of New Breukelen, an advisory and investment firm specializing in video games.
“If everyone you know plays ‘Super Smash Bros,’ you’re going to want to learn how to play, too. Spending a few hours with a coach to show you the ropes starts to make sense.”
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