Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon has announced that he is retiring, just days after a controversy erupted over his previous donations to Republican candidates, including Donald Trump.
Cawthon confirmed his decision in a statement shared to ScottGames.com, accompanied by Five Nights at Freddy’s artwork drawn by an unnamed eight-year-old fan.
There is no mention of the controversy in his statement, except for a reference to the fact that he received support from the LGBTQ community ̵
“Here on the seventh anniversary of the trailer for the first game,” Cawthon wrote, “when I realize I was in my mid-30s when I created the series, and now I’m approaching my mid – 40s, I realize I’m missing one. many things that I got to focus on before FNAF became a success. I miss making games for my kids, I miss doing it just for fun, and I miss making RPGs, even though I stink of it. All this to “I’m retiring. I’ve been shown tremendous love and support over the past week, many of whom have come from the LGBTQ community. The kindness shown to me has been surreal.”
As for Five Nights at Freddy’s, Cawthon said the series will continue and he will work to “finally” transfer the baton.
“Is this the end of FNAF? No.” Cawthon continued. “It just means that someone else will eventually run the show; someone I choose, and someone I trust. We have to wait and see how it all plays out, but an announcement will be made at some point.”
Last weekend, Cawthon responded to the controversy on reddit, saying he would not apologize for funding Republican candidates, but also could not ignore the backlash from fans that had arisen since the donations became widely known.
“Although there were candidates who had better things to say to the LGBT community directly, and greater promises to give, I thought their attitude to other issues would have ended up making these communities much bigger than good.
To say that the last few days have been surreal would be an understatement. I have strongly discussed how best to address this, including not addressing it at all, but with so many people from the LGBT community in the fan base as I love it is not an option.
“If I’m canceled, I’m canceled,” Cawthon concluded. “I’m not doing this for the money anymore; I’m doing it because I like it. If people think I’m doing more harm than good now, then maybe it’s better for me to be canceled and retire. I would accept that. I I “He’s had a fulfilling career. Besides, most of the things people can take from you are things that at first never had much value.”