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Pro-gaming teams are importing foreign talent to shake up North American leagues

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Pro-gaming teams are importing foreign talent to shake up North American leagues

WATCH | As eSports continues to grow globally, many North American teams are recruiting powerhouse players from abroad to add strength to their rosters.

Ssumday and Chaser are from the LCK, South Korea's "League of Legends" professional circuit.

As standout players in South Korea -- widely considered to have the most talented players -- members of Team Dignitas and other teams have worked to recruit these big names.

The process is not as simple as it may seem. League of Legends and other games rely largely on team-play, and if effective communication cannot be established, then strategies can fall apart.

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WATCH | Players with little English-speaking background must work hard to communicate with their teammates. Chaser and Ssumday spend 10 to 12 hours a week studying English with their teacher, Sophie, who also works with a majority of North American teams.

Sophie's background has led to a new job: teaching Korean gamers English.

Other big-name foreign gamers include Immortals' Flame, Phoenix1's Arrow and Ryu, and Echo Fox's Looper, all of whom Sophie works with.

Although the players have run into obstacles during their short time in the U.S., Ssumday and Chaser say all the challenges are worth it.

Being able to play the game they love in a new country creates a whole different experience, and they are resolved to be the best in the league.

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