Softweave Launches Winafar Product in Canada
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Softweave Launches Winafar Product in Canada

Softweave Launches Winafar Product in Canada

iGaming software developer, Softweave, has teamed up with Canadian distributor, RBY Gaming, to launch the Winafar product in Canada.

The award-winning Winafar allows casino players to play at physical slot machines located on real casino floors from home via their desktop computers and mobile devices.

How Winafar works

A press release explained that Winafar can be installed on any land-based slot machine and uses a camera and microphone to capture the image of the reels and the sounds of the machine. The Winafar box is plugged in to the cabinet, allowing players to control the physical slot machine from their computer, smartphone or tablet device. Slot games are then played via a dedicated website, or can be added to the game lobby of an existing online casino site.

Roy Greenbaum, CEO of Softweave, said Winafar will offer Canadian players a truly authentic casino experience but with the convenience of online and mobile play.

“Live casino is becoming increasingly popular in markets around the world, and while traditional live dealers cover table games, Winafar allows operators to offer a live slots experience that captures the magic of playing on a casino floor. We believe Winafar will enjoy incredible pick-up among casino operators across Canada, and will be a huge hit with players seeking the most engaging and compelling real casino experience online,” said Greenbaum.

Canadian market provides test for Softweave

While Softweave is certain that its product will provide an authentic experience, the Ayo website is not so optimistic and argued that the Canadian market could provide a real test for the iGaming software developer.

“On the surface, it seems unlikely that anyone would really get more satisfaction from playing a land-based slot remotely compared to a pure online slot – with the atmosphere of the casino not exactly captured by a camera just pointed at a screen. But, humans are complicated creatures, and sometimes it’s the smallest, almost indiscernible details that make all the difference. Canadians are known for their no-nonsense outlook, so this will be an interesting test for Winafar,” the website said in its assessment of the product.

But Softweave has confidence in its product. Winafar was debuted in New Jersey last year, with the company saying it had proved to be an instant hit with players, especially those wanting to try online casino play for the first time. Furthermore, the company said Winafar has been such a success that it was named Product Innovation of the Year at both the EGR B2B Awards and the EGR North America Awards 2020.

2020 launch

Softweave partnered with in 2020 to introduce Winafar. The devices are located in a private room at Hard Rock Atlantic City. HardRockCasino became the first casino in the world to launch the Winafar product.

On HardRock, slot players can bet and spin Live Slots using cutting edge technology created by Softweave designed exclusively for players to win on some of the most popular land-based slot games that are not available in the virtual world through a traditional online slot experience including Leprecoins, Buffalo, Spitfire Multipliers, Hotter than Blaze and 3x4x4x Double Times Pay.

“Similarly, to Live Table Games Dealers, Live Slots enables our players to have one seamless experience to earn Wild Card Rewards including hotel rooms, entertainment and dining at Hard Rock Atlantic City. Bridging the gap to provide a ‘Live’ experience to our online consumers is something we are not only excited for, but very proud to be the first in the world,” Joe Lupo, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, said at the time.

Softweave was launched 11 years ago. 

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