Five Nights At Freddy’s Creator Scott Cawthon Retires Amid Controversy

Five Nights At Freddy’s Creator Scott Cawthon Retires Amid Controversy
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Scott Cawthon, the independent developer best known as the creator of the Five Nights at Freddy series, has announced his retirement from professional game development.

“I’ve had a blessed, fulfilling, and rich career,” Cawthon wrote on his personal website. “I’ve been shown great kindness and I’ve tried to show great kindness in return. I’ve tried to make some good games (let the debate ensue), and I’ve witnessed the creation of possibly the most creative and talented fanbase on the planet.”

“But here on the seventh anniversary of the first game’s trailer, as I realise that I was in my mid-30s when I created the series and now I’m approaching my mid-40s, I realise that I miss a lot of things that I got to focus on before Five Nights at Freddy’s became such a success,” Cawthon continued. “I miss making games for my kids, I miss doing it just for fun, and I miss making RPGs even though I stink at it. All of this is to say that I am retiring.”

This doesn’t mean the end of Five Nights at Freddy’s, however, as Cawthon plans to choose someone else to oversee “running the show.” A new instalment in the long-running series, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, is expected to come out later this year and a movie is in production at Blumhouse.

Cawthon recently came under fire after financial records showed that he had been making donations to controversial U.S. politicians, including former president Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, for a number of years. Cawthon responded to the public backlash by reiterating his beliefs while also claiming to have love for the LGBTQ+ members of his fanbase, despite supporting powerful people who have done everything they can to harm them.

“I’m a Republican. I’m a Christian. I’m pro-life. I believe in God,” Cawthon wrote in a now-locked Reddit thread. “I also believe in equality, and in science, and in common sense. Despite what some may say, all of those things can go together. That’s not an apology or promise to change, it’s the way it’s always been.”

Since Cawthon’s announcement went live, social media has been inundated with messages of appreciation for his work. The hashtag #ThankYouScott is currently among the top three trending Twitter topics in the United States.



  • And he’s retiring for what? Because idiots not involved in politics don’t understand how politics work? Really is a shame that this keeps happening to people.

  • Congratulations, You drove a guy into retirement by sending both himself and his pregnant wife Death Threats, doxing him and relentlessly harassing him. All because of who he donated money to.

    For a group that decries fascism you seem to act very fascist very often.

    Bunch of cowards.

  • Cool. Being LGBTQI+ is against the law in Palestine. We gonna send death threats to anyone who advocates donating to them unless they retire?

  • What a fun and interesting way to say that a man was forced to choose choose between either “retiring” or face continued threats and calls for violence towards him and his family. Not just online, but at their private residence and to their private phones.

    We love ourselves a bully here at Kotaku.

    Thought we weren’t about victim blaming here?

      • Psst, Dont tell them that Disney was the 4th largest corporate donor to the trump campaign. It might destroy them!

    • You are on Kotaku that loves to prattle on about sexism because of female design and the lot and without missing a beat also publishes an article labeling the character in a game “Normie Fucboi” coz its not sexist if “its a joke/ironic” right?

  • I thought that living in a democratic country you could vote and donate to whatever political party you want with out repercussions. It seems if you work in media/entertainment you’re supposed to vote one way or you are harassed into retirement.

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