Monster Byte Shrugs Off Recent I.C.O. Hacking Scares In Its Own Offering

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Aug 4, 2017

Cyber currency firm has plans to become a leading b2c and b2b online sportsbook provider

The unregulated nature of the market, changes at Bitcoin and recent hacks on Initial Coin Offerings by cyber-currency start-ups (see previous InfoPowa reports) have not deterred investors from taking up tokens offered by Monster Byte Inc., which lists among its ambitions an intention to become a leading b2c and b2b operator and provider of turnkey online sportbooks.

Earlier this month the company made a pre-sale offering for its ICO and sold out in five minutes, selling 2.5 million tokens at a price of $0.11 per token. Two days later the company opened the general sale which has almost reached full subscription level well before the August 8 closing date. Over 5.5 million tokens have thus far been sold, quickly exceeding the $300,000 minimum level set for the ICO.

This was all achieved without access to the US market, where the FTC is tightening restrictions on cyber currencies and ICOs.

Monster Byte is already active in sports betting using the Bitcoin cyber-currency, and chief executive Luke Rose has pledged to engage an accounting firm to audit revenues and expenses as well as produce quarterly reports.

Differentiating his ICO from others, Rose said in a statement this week:

“The ICO landscape is very competitive right now, that’s a fact, and while there are some very good ideas out there, they are simply that – just ideas – so there is considerable risk to invest in them. Our ICO is quite unique in the fact that we are already an established company that’s been operating in the cryptocurrency landscape since 2013, and we also have a thought out capitalization so anyone that invests knows exactly what they are getting into from a financial perspective.”

He added that the Monster Byte online sportsbook will offer facilities to handle different forms of cyber-currencies to attract a more diverse pool of investors.

“We chose the different coins based on all of them having some good liquidity, so we could liquidate after the ICO if we needed to. But with any ICO that’s taking cryptocurrency, you’re at the mercy of the market and with that comes a large degree of variance in the price swings.

“The timing of our ICO unfortunately occurred right in the middle of a potential and contentious fork in Bitcoin, which is adding a lot of uncertainty in the market; that’s been a challenge for us thus far, but we are fortunate that we don’t need to liquidate much of the cryptocurrencies we’ve accepted to date.”

Monster Byte Inc. is concurrently working on launching a new sportsbook at, which it intends to take live by the end of July.

The company eventually plans to offer its software and technology in a b2b business model, providing would be sportsbook operators with white label enterprises and sharing the profits across the Monster group.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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