• Lewis Gillingwater

Creator of Five Nights at Freddy's retires amid controversy

Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, has announced his retirement amid revelations that he donated large sums of money to prominent right-wing US political candidates. Despite the franchise's large number of LGBTQ+ fans and basic decency, Cawthon donated thousands to politicians actively pursuing anti-LGBTQ+ policies (among many other very bad things) including Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, former Trump cabinet member Ben Carson, and Donald Trump himself.

Understandably, this caused some outcry among fans of the long-running horror franchise who, while aware that Cawthon has made no attempt to hide his Christian beliefs, were nonetheless a little taken aback by him donating thousands of dollars made from the franchise to controversial politicians. Cawthon, for what it's worth, made no attempt to hide or cover up his donations, claiming in a Reddit post that he "won't apologize" for supporting candidates who he "felt could best run the country".

Now, under fire from his own fans, Cawthon has decided to quit. Writing on his website he claims he wants to spend more time with his family and appreciates his fan's support over the years. As for Five Nights at Freddy's, Cawthon says it isn't over and he's looking for someone to hand over the reins too. There's certainly still releases lined up in the franchise, like the upcoming Alien Isolation-esque Security Breach, but it remains to be seen if the franchise can continue after the sudden departure of its creator and creative lead amid controversy.