Developer Scott Cawthon has responded to the gaming community regarding their love or hate for his popular Five Nights at Freddy’s series. Cawthon, who usually stays under the radar, talked about the Five Nights at Freddy’s success, complaints on various forums about the newest Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 and fan speculation on the character of Cawthon himself.

Cawthon writes “First of all, I wanted to thank the community in general for the huge outpouring of support through emails and in the forums…I know a lot of you are concerned about me or think that I’m stressed out”

“It’s true that I’m stressed a little; but it’s ok because the result was good. I’ve worked very hard this year, almost non-stop, to produce good games for this series. Even though there may be some debate as to how ‘good’ the games are, I did my best to provide some good scares and a good story. All I can do is judge from the Steam reviews that I’ve been mostly successful; so I’m very happy about that.”


Cawthon also dismisses rumors that he makes little effort and high reward with his games, explaining that he has been working various part time jobs whilst creating the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.

“I think some people have this idea that I spend my days swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, cranking out games with no effort, then laughing all the way to the bank. The reality is quite different, and I think that people who hate on me for being successful are misguided.”

“I haven’t had a successful life; and now that God has blessed me with some success, I’m doing my best to be responsible with that success…I don’t party on weekends, I don’t get drunk or sip martinis. I spend my evenings playing Megaman 3, buster only, with my kids. And I try to do good with what’s been given to me.”

He responds to his “haters” by saying “You should never listen to people who criticize success simply because it’s success. Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize. Criticisms of my games are fine, and a lot of times the criticism is valid. But there are a lot of people out there who will hate anything that becomes popular, just because it’s popular, and hate anyone who becomes successful, just because they are successful.”

The full statement from Scott Cawthon can be found here.

Five Nights at Freddy’s Dev Responds To His Fans And Haters [IGN]

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