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Saman Gharatchorlou

Senior Programmer

Saman’s a star player in our programming team, keeping rapid pace with all the whims and wilds of gameplay’s designs! New combat mechanic? Saman it. Actually, no, new new combat mechanic? SAMAN IT! You get the idea, and so does he – perfect! He takes all our many twists and turns under his wing, and always with grace and a good laugh. He also has an absolutely massive self-made succulent terrarium that could house about six people, I just thought that important to note too…

Good morning, good evening, good afternoon, Saman! What is it you do at Glowmade?

I’m a Senior Programmer. Whatever gameplay wants, gameplay gets. Or, at least, I try.


Now how would your parent describe your job?

He does code things.


How did you get to this point in your career?

Started studying Physics and I ended up working in finance and realised it wasn’t for me at all, changed industries and worked for a game porting studio for a few years until I eventually got here.


What made you want to pursue games?

I broke my ankle pretty badly (made it on 24h hours in A&E though, so worth it?) and decided to start making awful games in Unity and learn how to code. After a few years of grinding that while working a full time job in finance I finally learnt enough to get my first job in games at a game porting studio.

(Drop everything, Saman is a TV icon?! But is this more or less iconic than Cait being on Bargain Hunt, I can’t decide…)


Share something you love doing outside of everything video games.

I have an addiction to Magic the Gathering and it’s contagious!


Who or what inspires you?

My mum – the hardest working person I’ve ever met, she’s a beast.

(Every time someone says their mum, my heart does soar a bit – y’know?)


Share something you appreciate about yourself. Give yaself a pat on the back, why don’t ya?

I like to think I’m quite determined to always improve and learn from everything and everyone.


What game do you wish you could’ve developed?



What’s the best thing about working at Glowmade?

The people – they’re literally all amazing <3


Anyone on the team who stands out as a role model, or source of inspiration, perhaps?

Mike Green. He’s incredibly hard working, just look at his hours played on steam for this game already…



What do you want from your career? What goals are you looking forward to vaulting past?

Become an even better coder than I am, while still being able to understand and help in gameplay design.


What are your top tips for someone looking to get into games?

Make games! Practice! Even if they suck, it’s incredible experience to get into the rhythm. You wont get far without it.


In your opinion, who is the cutest Glowmade pet?

Frank – tiny little doggo <3

(Frank soon to be usurping Tuna as dog with the most votes, perhaps??)


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Stealing the fruit from downstairs.

(Another fiend from Floor Three. Floor Thriend? Freeen… Sorry.)


There’s one biscuit left in the tin and it’s your favourite… what is it?

Shortbread, for sure. For short…?