On the 23rd of January Nitrogen launched a new site called Nitro Betting (review). While there are a few bugs, the site is fully functional and ready for sign ups, deposits and bets.
The first things you probably want to know are:
- What’s going to happen to Nitrogen Sports (review) and your account there?
- Should you join Nitro Betting?
I will give the TLDR answers here first and then give full background details below.
What’s going to happen to Nitrogen Sports?
In the short term nothing, the 2 sites will operate side by side. Your Nitrogen Sports account will not be automatically migrated to Nitro Betting. You can keep using it as normal.
In the medium term Nitrogen will prefer the new technically superior, mobile friend and multilingual Nitro Betting. They will put their time, energy, resources and updates into Nitro Betting while allowing the already stale Nitrogen Sports to continue to degrade. It will not get new features and they will be slow to fix bugs.
In the long term this will make Nitrogen Sports irrelevant and people will stop using it. Nitrogen will eventually shut it down asking all its remaining users to migrate to Nitro Betting.
The only alternative to this scenario is if Nitrogen differentiate the 2 sites by targeting each one to a different user base. However Nitrogen say they have no plans to do that and without differentiating the 2 sites it makes no sense to keep them both running separately, splitting the user base and diluting each site’s brand power and search engine optimization.
Should you join Nitro Betting?
Only if you are in the USA. Nitrogen is a middle of the road sportsbook at best and there are at least 3 better options listed in our crypto sportsbook reviews, however none of them accept US players. If you are not geo-blocked you should use Cloudbet (review, American bettors are geo-blocked), Stake (review, American bettors are geo-blocked) and/or Sportsbet (review, American bettors are geo-blocked) instead.
If you are American though, Nitro Betting is one of your best options so it’s worth a try. Now onto the full backstory.
2014-2017 crypto gambling leader
In the early days of crypto sports betting Nitrogen were the industry leader. They were the best or second best crypto sportsbook. They were real bitcoiners with good odds and integrity. The site had fun features like a community chat and free NFL survivor pools.
They even became the best or second best dice and poker site when they introduced those games.
I have a theory that Nitrogen’s owners got so rich in the 2017 bitcoin bull run that they no longer needed the money and therefore stoped caring about Nitrogen as a business and a product.
That is speculation (based on a lot of experience and insider knowledge) but whatever the reason, Nitrogen Sports stopped improving their site or even maintaining it well. Meanwhile the competition kept getting better and better.
Nitrogen Sports’ odds and customer service got worse and their live betting was hopeless. The site became clunky and outdated. They seemed to have real technical limitations and no ability to improve anything on the website.
Once they blocked entire countries without giving any warning or notification to users in those countries. Thousands of people were simply locked out of their account with Nitrogen effectively confiscating their funds! After a while Nitrogen reversed the blocks or worked with users to withdraw their bitcoin.
Throughout this decline Nitrogen maintained their integrity and their roots as real bitcoiners and members of the crypto gambling community. But their product is just not good. The only reasons they are still relevant is because they made such a good name for themselves from 2014-2017 and because there are no better crypto sportsbooks that accept US bettors.
Nitrogen’s technical limitations were on full display when they attempted to upgrade just the sportsbook section of their website, without touching the rest, presumably because they couldn’t.
The upgrade was a disaster with bugs at every click; login problems, bet problems, withdrawal problems, horrible mobile experience, et cetera. In the end they fixed the bugs and were left with a slightly improved sportsbooks on an otherwise un-improved site and less users than before.
I suspect the sportsbook upgrade debacle is why they decided to make a new site from the ground up rather than keep trying to improve the existing site piece by piece.
The new Nitro Betting site
The above is a concerning origin story for Nitro Betting; its the only sportsbook to which I have ever had to ask “Why do you exist?” And it seems the answer is because Nitrogen technically messed up their old site so badly that they can not fix it so have to start again!
Nitrogen claim the new site has:
- Fresher tech.
- Better on mobile.
- Multilingual capable (not yet fully implemented).
We also note some differences compared to the old Nitrogen Sports:
- Amounts in m฿ rather than full bitcoin.
- Live chat support.
- No community chat.
- Better design.
- First deposit bonus.
- No withdrawal fees.
- No dice game.
Please see our honest review for full details.
Only time will tell if this is one of the final chapters in Nitrogen’s death throes or a revitalizing new beginning.