Scott Cawthon retires from franchise after political donations controversy Republican Donald Trump LGBT support Five Nights at Freddy's

In an abrupt change of heart, Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise creator Scott Cawthon has decided to retire from developing the series, but the franchise will continue on helmed by someone that Cawthon selects and trusts. The ramifications are vast and not entirely clear as of yet. For instance, what this means for Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, the most recent video game entry slated for release on PlayStation and PC platforms, is uncertain. The series also has a trilogy of novels, an anthology book series, and a movie in development. At present, a wide multitude of Five Nights at Freddy’s games are available on Nintendo Switch.

As for why Scott Cawthon has decided to retire, well, the situation is slightly more bizarre and complex than it appears. On his website, and as shown in the image below, Cawthon expresses tremendous gratitude for his fan base and the success he has garnered but finds that he misses “a lot of the things that (he) got to focus on before FNAF became such a success.” He added that he missed making games for his kids and making crappy RPGs just for his entertainment. In other words, he’s burnt out and wants more time to be with his family and follow his passion.

Scott Cawthon retires from franchise after political donations controversy Five Nights at Freddy's

However, the weird and ugly other side as to why Scott Cawthon has decided to retire from Five Nights at Freddy’s likely has to do with the fact that his history of political donations was recently brought to public attention. In 2020, he made numerous political donations to Republican candidates (with the one exception being Democrat Tulsi Gabbard), including former United States president Donald Trump, which opened Cawthon up to vague allegations of being in opposition to LGBT+ causes, among other things. Cawthon ultimately decided to make a lengthy Reddit post in response last weekend, discussing his political views earnestly and insisting he loves his LGBT fan base, but whether it managed to change the minds of anyone who was already decided one way or the other is debatable.

What do you think of this odd situation? In any case, it stands to reason that Scott Cawthon has earned retirement, considering his prolific output with the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise over the years.

John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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