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The Challenge

The online betting industry has suffered from a lack of innovation for years. Over time, player conditions constantly worsened: Fees have increased, odds are in favour of the bookmaker and regularly winning players are banned.

With traditional betting “the house always wins”.

Unfair conditions

Odds are created by experts based on tons of exclusive data undisclosed to the public.

Lacking Transparency and Trust

Centralized authorities control the payouts resulting in lacking transparency of the money flow.

No Social Dynamics

Social dynamics are lost as interfering middleman prevent direct peer to peer interaction.

What is Hero?

HERO radically changes todays centralized way of online betting. The token and its smart contract allow decentralized peer-to-peer online betting in any field.

HEROcoin (an ERC20 token) is designed so that any provider can integrate the token on their platform and any participant can create its own (closed) contests.
All transactions are transparent and the smart contract automatically performs actions such as pay-outs to guarantee a trustless ecosystem.

Breaking the traditional “the house always wins” paradigm.

With HERO the community always wins.

How Hero Works

The HERO ecosystem consists of game creators and players. Everyone is able to participate by simply joining or creating games. The whole community benefits from a growing activity as every HERO token holder is ensured to receive a general reward of all played games. Additionally, those who take the effort to create games receive a provider reward.

So who gets what?

Token Holders

All token holders are guaranteed a general reward out of all distributed prize pools.


Game winner receive their respective part of the prize pool.

Game Creators

Game creators are rewarded for their effort to create and manage games.

The Plan

Q3 2014

Start of thesocialbet – a peer-to-peer betting platform on major sport events

Q3 2016 – peer-to-peer esports betting was born

Q2 2017

HEROcoin is born – Ethereum based cryptocurrency

July 2017

Investment round for €350.000


ICO crowdsale over 6000 ETH raised


Moving offices due to our growing team


HERO Blockchain MeetUp #1

Q4 2017

1st partnership agreement – Tobaccoland (one of the biggest Austrian retailer)


1st HEROcoin listing on Coinbene


2nd HEROcoin listing on KuCoin

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HEROcoin ($PLAY) integration on Blockfolio

28.3.2018 relaunch to prepare for HEROcoin integration


1st cooperational meeting with Vienna Stock Exchange


1st HEROcoin use case – closed beta on

Q3 2018

Open Beta HEROcoin on


Launch Closed Beta

Q3 2018

Launch Closed Beta Mainnet


Spread HERO globally & change the world of online betting


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    Paul Polterauer

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Before he founded herosphere with a current user base of more than 200k users, Paul has worked at PwC Advisory for Corporate Finance, M&A and Deals. At PwC he worked on one of the largest deals in Austria at this time and projects like the asset quality review for the European Central Bank’s stress tests. He studied business administration in Austria, Hong Kong and Hawaii. Passionate soccer, tennis and Star Craft II player.

    Philip Peinsold

    Co-Founder & CTO

    Philip is one of the founders of herosphere and as CTO responsible for the technical background of the start-up. Before that, he worked as Software Developer and Project Manager in the field of eHealth. He studied eHealth at the university of applied science in Austria. He was a semi-professional volleyball player and early adopter of Dota.

    Bernhard Blaha

    Co-Founder & COO

    Having founded two companies before, both of which are still running, he knows how start-ups work. He not only brings economic expertise but also technical knowledge into the company. Bernhard has studied Mobile Compu-ting followed by Executive Management. He also claims to have introduced the daily table tennis challenge to the team, but nobody knows for sure.

    Andreas Petersson

    Lead Blockchain Developer

    Andreas has a background in enterprise software development and is active in the Bitcoin industry since 2011, where he co-founded Bitcoin Austria. Between 2012 and 2015 he worked for Mycelium, where he developed the Mycelium Wallet, which successfully secured the funds of 250000 people. He then founded Minebox, a company that enables decentralized storage secured by smart contracts. He advises Bitpanda, a popular Bitcoin broker on security.

    Vladan Vasic

    Chief Information Officer

    Living the entrepreneurial lifestyle, Vladan has founded numerous companies starting in 2001 with his Online Multiplayer Gaming Community with over 1 Million active users per month up to his latest being snixx -Web and Marketing Agency and KidCo – innovative Clothing Company. He is a passionate full stack web-developer with over 14 years of experience in development, marketing and SEO.

    Jerome Rousselot

    Smart Contract Developer

    Jerome Rousselot is a technology executive with many years of experience in blockchain, cryptography and embedded systems. He is Product Manager and Chief Revenue Officer for Mycelium, organizes trainings with the Blockchain Connector and founded or co-founded Nodali, Jita and Proof of Purpose. Jerome is based in London and obtained his PhD in Theoretical Computer Science at EPFL, Switzerland. He enjoys running, mysore yoga and traveling.

    Johannes Mahler

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Joe previously built a global community in 40+ countries with more than 20,000 people joining their online courses at Comfort Zone Crusher. He is the CEO of Triggin and Marketing Advisor for mahler ARTHA. Loving everything marketing related, he has experience in Content-, Email-, Affiliate-, Social Media Marketing, SEO, Copywriting and Branding.

    Alexander Kröll

    Full-stack Developer (Blockchain)

    Alexander started out as a mobile developer already during his studies at University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, then went on to be the Android lead developer for Flipsidegroup and later RecordBird. Meanwhile Alexander took on several projects with early stage Startups and got his hands dirty with full-stack development. He discovered Ethereum in 2016 and has been interested in smart contracts ever since. In December 2017 Alexander found his latest challenge as Full Stack Blockchain developer at HERO.

    Abel Oszwald

    Full-Stack Developer

    Already during his mathematical programming, mechatronics and finance studies at Eötvös Loránd University Abel has started to work in leading tech projects like Asiainfo. In addition to programming, he also mastered knowledge in system administrations and learnt a lot from other linux guru’s during past times. Building up knowledge from the basics like web development to higher levels like backend development, python, java, c++, he is now working for HERO as a Full Stack developer since the beginning of 2018 but never stops reading & learning about new trends.

    Christina Roth

    Head of Communications

    After two business degrees, one at Barcelona School of Management, she started her career at Red Bull. Before leaving to engage with Blockchain projects, she was responsible for Project Management at Red Bull Media House with a focus on the digital transformation of brands, departments & processes. What started purely out of curiosity soon became a profession. As Head of Communications for HERO she is now managing the team & topics for all internal & external matters such as content, social media, blog & newsletter, PR, community & customer relations, events, website and cooperations for both brands.

    Gabriel Brenner

    UX/UI Designer

    Gabriel completed his Bachelor of Arts in Newcastle UK and with flexibility in mind, he dived into concept art freelancing. His focus was illustrative artwork, commonly for the mobile games sector. Alongside, he dabbled in digital animation at the Amazing Group in England and VerVieVas in Austria. With his growing interest in game user interfaces he now works at byte heroes in Vienna as the UX/UI Designer responsible for the igaming platform

    Michael Dunkl

    Data Analyst

    Michael’s goal has always been to acquire a particularly broad knowledge spectrum in the fields of technology and economics. After attending a higher technical school for company management, he finished multiple studies in business and economics. Additionally he gained work experience in pharma, IT, construction, banking, food retailing and scientific research. Furthermore he is an expert in the areas of technical process management and consumer research. At HERO he is responsible for all topics regarding data analysis and KPI strategy.

    Sejla Dedukic

    Operations Manager

    Sejla is on the finish line of her Bachelor of Arts in IT-Project management. Initially Sejla started as the Operations manager with additional responsibilities in the Accounting team. After 2 successful years she switched departments and is now in the Project management team and supporting the development team to set up an agile environment to improve software delivery.

    Philipp Haas

    Content Marketing Manager

    Philipp Haas, BA, started his own business (changing the way businesses cooperate) in early 2017. By chance he met members of HERO and it was love at first sight. As an esports fan (WoW, LOL, Hearthstone, …) and interested in new technologies (e.g.: Blockchain) he is creating content for all the social media profiles and bringing up ideas what can be done to spread the word about HERO. Phil is thrilled to be part in such a heroic team, which is passionate and open minded at the same time.
    “If you place your bets, HERO should be definitely the choice to make!” – everyone who knows HERO

    Vladimir Garbeshkov

    Marketing Manager esports

    Vladimir is an early adopter of cryptocurrencies & fascinated by blockchain technologies. He also is a former professional esports athlete who performed in CS:GO, one of the world’s most competitive esport titles, parallel to his business economics studies at wu vienna (university of economics and business). Currently he brings both his esports and crypto expertise together. As a marketing manager Vladimir is responsible for performance & influencer relations for the HERO brand. Additionally he takes an active role in strategic decisions for the esports platform as a product owner.


    Michael Altrichter

    Co-Founder of Paysafecard and Payolution

    Business Angel and Co-Founder of paysafecard and payolution, , Chairman of the advisory board at starup300 AG and Jury Member at “2 Minuten 2 Millionen”, Austria´s Shark Tank investment show.
 Also investor of Hitbox

    Hubertus Thonhauser

    Co-Founder of Babil Games and former CEO of Casinos Austria

    Managing Partner of Enable Future, Co-Founder of Babil Games and and former CEO of Casinos Austria Swiss.

    Michael Eisler

    CEO & Co-Founder of startup300

    Austrias most active business angel network. He successfully sold his company DIG AG and spent several years in Los Angeles and San Francisco working on his startup as well as Roman Scharf´s Talenthouse

    Gerald Hollaus

    Former head of logistics at OMV

    Lecturer at FH Wien / Vienna and former head of int. logistics at OMV.

    Bernhard Lehner

    Co-Founder of startup300

    is co-founder of the business angel network startup300. He is a serial entrepreneur and (co-) startet 10+ companies in the last 10 years. He was business angel at runtastic.

    Alexander Kuchar

    Director at Telekom Austria Group

    Director Group Procurement Telekom Austria Group and former CTO of the bulgarian subsidary of Telekom Austria Group.

    Rainer Reich

    Former senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group

    Business Angel and former senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group.

    Johannes Siller

    Founder of Ebit

    Business Angel and founder of Ebit.

    Roland Tauchner

    President of BaseTech Ventures and CEO of DIMOCO Europe

    Founder and also Member of the Board of DIMOCO Europe.

    Team[Advisory Board]

    Günther Doppler

    Former CFO Kalixa Payment and bwin

    Management consulting and former CFO of Kalixa Payment and bwin Interactive Entertainment AG.

    Christian Dressler

    Co-Founder bitTex

    Co-Founder bitTex TI Solutions, previously worked for Swiss Blockchain Services

    Max Tertinegg

    Co-founder of Coinfinity and Blockchainhub Graz.

    Co-founder of Coinfinity and Blockchainhubhub Graz.

    Thomas Talos

    Partner at Brandl & Talos

    Partner at Brandl & Talos. Specialized in M&A transactions and online gaming

    Oliver Völkel

    Partner at SVLAW

    Partner at SVLAW. Specialized on virtual and crypto currencies.

    Bernd Winter

    Partner for tax consulting at BDO

    Partner for tax consulting at BDO. Focus on gambling and betting.

    Ken Shishido

    Co-Organizer Tokyo Bitcoin Meetup Group

    Co-Organizer Tokyo Bitcoin Meetup Group

    Erwin Smole

    Co-Founder of Grid Singularity and Energy Web Foundation

    working now in the Blockchain and Energy Sector.

    Stefan Fleig

    Co-Founder of TableConnect and Shpock

    Serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder of TableConnect previously Co-Founder of Shpock


    • Explain HEROcoin and and how they work together.

      TLDR: HEROcoin is a decentralized ERC20 token, meaning that the smart contract operates on the Ethereum blockchain. The first use case of HEROcoin is, an online esports peer-to-peer prediction and fantasy gaming platform.

      Long: is a revolutionizing online peer-to-peer platform, which focuses exclusively on esports. You compete in a social ecosystem which allows you to play against your friends, or the whole community in a private or public contest. Offering prediction and fantasy gaming, combines various entertaining and competition factors in order to offer every user the best experience. HEROcoin is the underlying cryptocurrency behind the social betting ecosystem, making it secure, incorruptible, fast and a transparent platform for every stakeholder. Alternatively, you can participate in contest for free, gathering the free-to-play currency spheres and claim awesome prices from the shop, featuring peripherals, goodies, in-game cosmetics, vouchers and many more.

    • Hero has raised money in traditional investment rounds from various well known investors. Why are you doing a token sale?

      For us it was just the next logical step:

      We have a working platform with playing users and we want to bring real value into it. Gamers love crypto and crypto loves gamers, so we’ve got that going for us. Blockchain technologies enable us to live in a secure, transparent, fair and incorruptible society. Transactions are much cheaper than common transactions, a smart contract solution allows us to lower the operating costs of our platform, therefore we can offer you a more convenient and economical product.

      Moreover, the blockchain benefits every participant with trustless trust, making resistant to game-related manipulations. Especially on a platform where people compete for money, we think transparency is the most important thing of all! And we want to give you transparency, all o fit. We could write pages over pages here, but we think it is just a perfect fit. For all the details read our whitepaper.

    • How are you different than the competition? They are gaming and esports oriented Cryptotokens as well.

      You are probably thinking of one of two other crypto-related companies:

      • FirstBlood is very different from us and it’s easy to explain why: FirstBlood wants to build a competition platform where users compete against each other. is an already established platform where users can predict the outcome of professional players playing tournaments.
      • Unikrn introduced an esports platform built on the blockchain. They are what we said we never want to be: A conventional bookmaker where you compete against the company, Unikrn, while at you can challenge your friends or any community and compete against each other, not against as a company
    • How many users does have?

      Our platform has over 250.000 registered users from all around the love, who love to compete against each other on

    • Will I be able to trade my Hero Token (HERO) on Cryptocurrency Exchanges?

      Yes! We are currently listed on KuCoin and Coinbene which are extremely user friendly, supported by a healthy trading volume. Our focus now lies on developing the product and striving towards perfection in order to offer the best experience to our users.

    • When is this platform supposed to be ready for use?

      While the product itself is finished and live already, implementing HERO is a complex task and we take great security measures. Our BETA phase is live since 20.06.2018, after three cycles we are opening our BETA to the public and HEROcoin can be used on

    • For who will this platform be made available? What countries are you primarily focusing on?
      • All of you! This is why we love the blockchain, it makes global interaction easy. HOWEVER, in some of the countries there are legal restrictions that we have to comply with. We are always working to find ways to offer in as many countries as we can.
    • Is it legal to bet on a game using Hero?

      Absolutely! We are working with the very best lawyers on what is legal and how it complies with local law.

    • Will the anonymous and decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies allow users to bypass betting laws?

      No, at least not for We work together with governments and lawyers in order to ensure we fully comply with all local laws. We can not, however, guarantee that other platforms that implement HERO will also do that, although we encourage everybody to the best of our abilities to do so.

    • How do I store my HEROcoin? Are there any best practices to follow?

      MyEtherWallet works well, we also recommend hardware wallets such as the Trezor. As long as your wallet supports ERC20 tokens you’ll be able to hold tokens with it, but in order to register for the presale we will also provide instructions on how to do this if you don’t already have a wallet

    • Can other businesses within the betting community use HERO as a method of payment, etc?

      Yes, and we encourage and support them to do it! HERO is not our token, it is YOUR token. And the more people use it, the better it gets for everyone. We will actively approach other companies to implement HERO in their platforms.

    • What is all this talk about integrity and compliance?

      Betting, gambling and also prediction games sometimes bear the risk of getting people addicted and spending all of their money on it. Therefore there are laws in place to prevent excessive gaming, minors gaming and other dangerous things. We think that’s good and important!

      Prediction games should always be about having fun with friends. That’s what they are meant to be. As soon as people show unhealthy behaviour they need to be protected and that’s why we have all this integrity and compliance talk in our whitepaper, ToS and everywhere else.

      It’s important. For you.

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