Five Nights at Freddy's Creator Retiring

In a statement on the Scott Games Website, Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon announces he's retiring from game development. This comes on the seventh anniversary of the release of the first trailer for the first FNAF game. Scott says the jump-scare series will continue under the watch of a successor he will choose. He talks of being able to spend more time with his kids, and being able to make games just for fun. He also thanks members of the LGBTQ community for their support. This is because Scott has been dealing with the blowback from the revelation on OpenSecrets of his political donations. This shows contributions to the campaigns of prominent Republicans, including Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, and John Cornyn. This angered many progressive fans, and it seems logical to connect this retirement announcement with the online skirmish the donation news provoked. Here's Scott's statement:
Before I say anything else, check out this awesome piece of fanart. Pretty amazing stuff, right? I have boxes and boxes of art work like this from fans that I've saved over the years. I've tried to answer as many letters as I could, and I apologize to anyone that I missed somehow. Someday when I have a bigger living room maybe I'll make a giant collage of all the fan of the collected. Stuff like this has made it all worthwhile to me over the last seven years.

I've had a blast, fulfilling, and rich career. 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 fan base on the planet.

But here on the seventh anniversary of the first games trailer, as I realize that I was in my mid-30's when I created the series and now I'm approaching my mid-40's, I realize that I miss a lot of things that I got to focus on before FNAF became such a success. I miss making gains for my kids, I miss doing it just for fun, and I miss making RPG is even though I stink at it. All of this to say that I'm retiring. I have been shown tremendous love and support over the last week, a lot of which has come from the LGBTQ community.The kindness shown to me has been surreal.

Is this the end of FNAF? Nope. This just means that someone else will eventually be running the show; someone of my choosing, and someone that I trust. We will have this wait and see how it all plays out, but an announcement will be made at some point.

I have SIX kids now (although one of them is currently the size of a blueberry.) I love them dearly; they're my whole world and my whole universe. I want to focus my attention on them, focus on protecting them, and spend my time making things for them. I only ask that my fan base respect my decision. I will still be around, just not in the capacity that I used to be. What a blessed career I've had; what wonderful people I've met; and what a tremendous blessing to have been able to know all of you. Thank you so much.

See you on the flip side.