You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gym Teacher Fired After Using ‘Fortnite’ As a Motivator

Brooklyn gym teacher Brett Belsky found himself fired after playing “Fortnite” with his students as an incentive to get them to do their work, according to a report from the New York Post.

Belsky, who worked at MS 890, a middle school in Brooklyn, shared his “Fortnite” handle with students after hearing them talk about video games. He offered to play with them if they completed their work.

“Fortnite” is the mega-popular, battle royale game that’s free to play from Epic Games.

“As a teacher, you reach out the best you can. These kids talk about video games,” Belsky said. “I said, ‘If you can get this work done, maybe I’ll play against you.’”

Belsky claimed that he also told the students to get parental consent before playing with him.

Belsky played “Fortnite” for about 20 minutes with two students, aged 11 and 12 at the time, information which the New York Post credits to a city report.

The 11-year-old told his father about it, which led to the father reporting it to the principal.

Belsky was reassigned to a “rubber room,” which is where the Department of Education (DOE) in New York sends teachers awaiting disciplinary hearings, until he was fired in the fall of 2018 for engaging in “inappropriate internet conduct” with students.

“School employees shouldn’t interact with students online except for school-related reasons,” a DOE spokesman said in a statement to The New York Post. “Mr. Belsky was terminated based on his overall performance, including a review of this case.”

Belsky plans to appeal the termination later this month.

“[“Fortnite”] is insanely popular with  [students]. I have to figure out a way to reach these kids, to get them to do their work,” Belsky said. “I love what I do. I am a good teacher.”

More Gaming

  • TwitchCon 2019 Returns To San Diego

    TwitchCon 2019 Returns To San Diego Convention Center With Fifth Annual Event

    Twitch’s community celebration event TwitchCon will be returning to San Diego for its fifth annual celebration this year in September. Twitch fans will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center on Sep. 27 through Sep. 29 as TwitchCon invites members of the Twitch livestream community, their fans, moderators, and developers, publishers, and brands to be [...]

  • Fortnite Battle Royale

    Epic Pulls 'Fortnite' Ads From YouTube After Child Predator Controversy

    Epic Games is no longer running “Fortnite” pre-roll ads on YouTube after it was discovered they were playing on videos alleged predators used to exploit children, according to The Verge. The developer has paused all of its pre-roll advertising, which plays before a video starts on the streaming platform, a spokesperson said. It also reached [...]

  • New Video Shows Off Vive Cosmos

    New Video Shows Off Vive Cosmos VR Controllers

    There’s still much to be learned about HTC’s Vive Cosmos — like release date, specs, and price — but Wednesday the company released a short teaser video giving a slightly better glimpse of the controllers in action. The new controllers look a bit like rival VR headset Oculus Rift’s Touch controller, though reversed in some [...]

  • 'Red Dead Online' Expands With New

    'Red Dead Online' Expands With New Modes, Weapons, and Clothing Items

    Rockstar Games’ “Red Dead Online” beta is expanding with new world enhancements, game modes, and more beginning in late February. On Feb. 26, the beta will be adding new Free Roam events, Showdown Modes, and races as part of its first official title update. Along with this content, Rockstar is adding new weapons, clothing, and [...]

  • Razer Cuts 30 Positions as Future

    Razer Cuts 30 Positions as Future of Mobile Division is Uncertain

    Razer cut about 30 positions, some from mobile and mobile gaming-related projects, in the process of the company’s realignment plans, according to Droid Life. The layoffs affected 2% of the company’s workforce, according to a response directly from Razer to Droid Life. While it is not completely clear which projects were shut down, some engineers [...]

  • Dara Ó Briain Returns to Host

    Dara Ó Briain Returns to Host British Academy Games Awards

    Comedian Dara Ó Briain will once again host the British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA announced on Wednesday. This will be Ó Briain’s ninth time hosting the ceremony, which takes place on Apr. 4. It will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank for the first time ever. The Irish comedian is perhaps best [...]

  • Valve Retiring Non-Gaming Videos, Video Section

    Valve Retiring Non-Gaming Videos, Video Section From Steam

    The video section of the Steam menu has been retired, and an undisclosed number of non-gaming video will be pulled from the Steam Store due to apparent lack of interest, according to a news update from Valve Tuesday. The video section of the Steam Store had both paid and free content for Steam users, but [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content