Amirali “Amir” Rajan
Alumnus Finds Bright Side of Success with 'Dark Room' Game App
Amirali “Amir” Rajan, a 2006 software engineering graduate from UT Dallas, is a firm believer that sometimes you have to quit your job to get ahead. He did just that in 2013. Living on a diet of “ramen and four-cheese Hot Pockets” for a year, Amir spent his “off” time creating an app version of the popular video game “A Dark Room” for IOS devices. Reaching a deal with programmer Michael Townsend, who created the viral video game, Amir witnessed his app explode from only 30 downloads per day, to as many as 20,000 downloads per day within five months. The app moved to #1 in U.K. and U.S. App Stores, and has ranked as one of the top 10 games in 17 countries.