Meet Chau, our Software Developer!

  • Date: May 9, 2022
  • Posted by: Concrete Software

We sat down with one of our software developers, Chau! Chau has been a great addition to our growing team and is currently working on PGA TOUR® – Golf Shootout. Learn more about her below!

Thanks for meeting with us, Chau. What do you do here at Concrete Software?

I work on backend services, mainly adding some features to the Admin Dashboard website and the tournament service. Currently, I am working on PGA TOUR game development. There are still so many things to learn, but I am speeding up as I go.

What would you say is the best part about Concrete Software?

I love that despite working remotely, people are still organizing a lot of fun events together.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The people are responsive here, and I get fantastic coaching from other developers. They are very knowledgeable, and they make sure I do not get stuck with any issues. In addition, the team seeks to optimize codes over time and keep good practice on documentation, which helps a lot in the long run.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like playing video games and reading stories (novels or series). If I go for movies, I usually choose comedy, fantasy, or action. Sometimes I move things (furniture) around the room to give it a new look. Other times, I call friends out to try new restaurants.

What’s your favorite travel spot?

Palace of Versailles, France. It is gorgeous.

What is your beverage of choice?

Bubble tea, coffee, or banana milk.

What advice do you have for someone aspiring to be in your profession?

Find out if programing is for you, then have fun with it!

Concrete Software Upgrades to Apps Flyer

  • Date: March 5, 2021
  • Posted by: Concrete Software

Concrete Software finds success and positive growth with their move to AppsFlyer. AppsFlyer is a mobile marketing analytics and attribution platform, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Its platform is now integrated with over 2000 ad networks. Eric Dawson, Advertising and Monetization Manager at Concrete said, “Going from having to process this data ourselves to having it readily available right in front of us was a game changer. By the second week I could use the data to make an impact and move the needle.”

Read Concrete Software’s full success story here! Concrete Software upgrades to AppsFlyer

Meet Ben, our Software Engineering Intern!

  • Date: July 24, 2019
  • Posted by: Concrete Software

Meet Ben, one of our Software Engineering interns! Ben is a part of our Live Ops team and has worked on our newest game, PGA TOUR® Golf Shootout! He’s been a great addition to Concrete Software and helps ensure our games are rock solid. Find out more fun facts about Ben below!

So Ben, tell us what you do at Concrete Software.

I work on company facing cloud based services. These services are primarily analytics oriented.

What would you say is the best part about Concrete Software?

My colleagues are smart and excited about what they do! The atmosphere that they create is friendly, creative, and collaborative.

What’s the best thing about your job?

My work is relevant and interesting. In addition to this, all of the technology I work with is modern and cool.

What’s been one of your proudest moments while at Concrete Software?

There have been many opportunities to observe something I helped build go live and contribute to the success of the company in some way. I always feel a bit proud when this happens!

Favorite line from a movie?

“A Wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.” – Gandalf, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably pizza, assuming it had the nutrition I needed. Otherwise probably soylent or some other true meal replacement. I’d prefer not to wither away slowly due to nutritional deficiencies!

What advice do you have for someone aspiring to be in your profession?

For someone aspiring to obtain a meaningful internship, look for opportunities at school to get involved with student groups – especially technical or entrepreneurial ones. You will learn a lot, get some good networking done, and it’ll look nice on a resume!

TOUR Tips: Forester Edition

  • Date: July 2, 2019
  • Posted by: Concrete Software

Hey golfers!

Welcome back to TOUR Tips! Today, we focus on the Forester clubs! Given the brand name and their color scheme, it’s no surprise that all Forester clubs use trees in some way to give them a unique edge. Many of them have the Tree Bonus ability, which provides a boost to all stats depending on how many trees are nearby. Not all courses are tree-heavy, however, so this brand is most useful in a second bag made specifically to tackle more densely forested holes. You may also notice that they all have an above-average spin stat. If you’re not using spin already, test it out with a Forester! Spin provides advantages like being able to stop quickly on the green or gain extra distance on the fairway. Here’s the club-by-club breakdown:

Outset (Driver): Though you may be initially put off when you notice Outset’s low control, but with its Chains into Wedges ability, Outset is a good choice for Par 4s. That way, you’re set up so that you can follow up with a great chip-in shot. At level 5, Outset unlocks its Tree Bonus ability, so any tee box near trees will give it a nice boost from the get-go. Pair it with Oakheart’s Shared Growth ability, which doubles the effects of Tree Bonus, and you’ve got one of the best drivers in the game.

Trailblazer (Iron): Once players start using Trailblazer, there’s a reason why they won’t let it go. With solid all-around stats, it’s a good iron in general, but its Tree Passing ability, which allows your balls to move through trees without slowing down, makes this club stand out even further. Forester clubs already push you to lean towards the rough where the trees are, and with Trailblazer, you don’t have to worry about maneuvering the ball around them. It also makes for a good recovery option if you’re belting risky drives with clubs like Rampart or Skyfury.

Homecoming (Putter): Did you know that Homecoming is one of the few clubs that has not one, not two, but three abilities? Its first, Off-Green Power, gives it a major all-around stat boost when hitting from anywhere but the green. It may seem silly to even use a putter in that kind of situation, but Homecoming performs best on the fringe or even the fairway. Its second ability, Terrain Resist 50%, proves that point even further, as it will ignore 50% of penalties when hitting from unfavorable ground types. Even if you’re on the green, its final ability, Adventure, gives Homecoming stat boosts when any of your shots hits a tree or lands in a hazard. This pairs well with Trailblazer, which passes through trees entirely, or putting after any chip-in from the sand.

Huntsman (Wood): You’ll obtain the Huntsman club early on in your career, and it maintains its solid status as a wood for a good portion of the game. Even when it’s not using its Tree Bonus ability, it has nice overall stats, and its high spin means it’s great for full blasts across the fairway that can stop quickly on the green if you max out your backspin.

Ironbark (Hybrid): Ironbark is a high-powered hybrid with lots of spin, making it a great generalist option if you’re not sure what else to choose. It fills a role similar to Huntsman, but Ironbark may arguably be better equipped for its Tree Bonus ability as a hybrid.

Edgewalker (Wood): Edgewalker is another early wood option along with Huntsman, but with key differences: it has higher power but lower control, and along with its Tree Bonus ability, it also has Boundary Bonus, giving it a stat boost depending on how much out bounds area is nearby (consider pairing it with Skyfury). Although unconventional, especially for a wood, Edgewalker should push you to dance around the edges of the course to make the most of its assets. 

Oakheart (Wedge): If you’re building a Forester-heavy bag, be sure to include Oakheart. It also has Tree Bonus, but its later ability, Shared Growth, applies Tree Bonus to clubs it’s placed next to. This can make for some good cross-brand synergy, but if it’s placed next to a Forester club that already has Tree Bonus, Shared Growth will apply the boost twice. Oakheart is also best friends with Trailblazer and The Seeker, as Oakheart will give them a bonus if they’re utilizing their ability to move through trees.

The Seeker (Wedge): Given that it’s a legendary club that doesn’t unlock until you reach level 7, you probably have a while to wait before you encounter The Seeker; but, once you do, be sure to give it a go. Like Trailblazer, it can make your ball pass through trees; but, unlike Trailblazer, it applies to your entire bag! This no longer forces you to consider adding Trailblazer to your arsenal if you’re not confident winding the ball around the woods. In fact, The Seeker downright asks you to play in the trees, so other Forester clubs with the Tree Bonus ability synergize perfectly with it. At level 12, it also gains its Tree Sprinting ability, which makes the ball go 10% faster per tree it passes through. If you’re chipping in with a tree in your way, use the extra boost to your advantage!

TOUR Tips: Willoughsby Edition

  • Date: May 17, 2019
  • Posted by: Concrete Software

Hey golfers!

Welcome back to TOUR Tips! Today we highlight a familiar club brand: Willoughsby! Although not the flashiest brand, they may be the most reliable: with well-rounded stats, Willoughsby clubs can be used almost anywhere. This brand is unique in that ALL of the clubs have the Brand Loyalty ability, meaning the more Willoughsbys in your bag, the more powerful they become! Here’s the club-by-club breakdown:

Homestead (Putter): Your classic beginner putter, but with a twist; as your collection grows, you’ll certainly find more powerful putters, but as long as Homestead is paired with other Willoughsby clubs (see below), Brand Loyalty will keep it relevant deep into your career.

Endeavor (Driver): Like Homestead, you may be tempted to ditch Endeavor for something more powerful, but this club is probably your most reliable driver for a long time to come. It has the highest control stat out of all the drivers save one, and it is always a good choice for Par 3s.

Steward (Driver): Next to Endeavor, you may wonder why you’d ever pick Steward, but Steward’s power lies in its abilities, Aid and Chains into Woods. Aid will give the clubs next to it +1 to all stats (+2 at level 8 and +3 at level 11), while Chains into Woods gives your next shot +3 power to your wood (+4 at level 6, +5 at level 9, and +6 at level 12). Place your wood next to Steward, and the followup shot will more than make up for Steward’s low power.

Groundskeep (Wood): Even if your bag is entirely Willoughsby, Groundskeep is pretty niche. Its Fairway Affinity ability does, however, upgrade to a +2 bonus to all stats for other Willoughsby clubs at level 9, so it and Commonlaw can team up to give a massive control boost for a chipping strategy.

Meanderer (Hybrid): For a legendary club, you might be disappointed in Meanderer’s low power – but don’t be fooled! With its Groundspin x3 ability, and with an already high spin stat, you’ll hardly need power if you apply topspin on the fairway! One could even argue Meanderer could substitute as a wood replacement. Alternatively, if you’re stuck in a bunker a fair distance from the green, consider ditching your wedge and using Meanderer instead with topspin to help the ball roll to the green. If you’re feeling extra fancy, aim for the flag and apply backspin so the ball stops on a dime!

Commonlaw (Iron): This is another club where the unique ability outshines the club itself. Bag Control gives your other clubs +1 control, later increasing to +2 at level 7 and +3 at level 12. If you’re finding that haymaker drivers like Rampart or People’s Champion are missing key shots and costing you games, give Commonlaw a second look.

Kinship (Iron): Kinship is by itself a strong early-game iron. It also pairs uniquely with Homestead with Kinship’s Chains into Willoughsby ability, which gives the next Willoughsby club +3 to all stats. If you were underwhelmed with Homestead before, consider combining it with this iron to set up a fantastic putt. The Chains into Willoughsby ability also means Kinship can chain into itself, so if you whiff your first shot with it, you get even better subsequent chances.

Sandsend (Wedge): Sandsend, Homestead, and Endeavor all feed off each other with well-rounded stats and Brand Loyalty abilities. If you’re still in the early game faced with an average Par 3 or 4, consider using some combination of these three for a simple, no-nonsense strategy.

Do you have a favorite Willoughsby club? Have any suggestions for clubs or a club brand in our next article? Let us know in the comments! And remember…