The Houston creator of “Five Nights at Freddy's” video games series announced that he will retire this week, after he has been constantly targeted by cancel culture crowds due to his donations being seen as hostile toward LGBTQ people.
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Scott Cawthon, who made the popular game “Five Nights at Freddy's” and its sequels, announced on his website that he will be stepping down and handing them over to another video game developer while he will be spending more time with his family.
“I've had a blessed, 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, and I've witnessed the creation of possibly the most talented fanbase on the planet,” Cawthon wrote.
“But here on the seventh anniversary of the first game's trailer, as I realize that I was in my mid-30s when I created the series and now, I'm approaching my mid-40s, I realize that I miss a lot of things that I got to focus on before FNAF became such a success. I miss making games for my kids, I miss doing it just for fun. All of this is to say that I am retiring. I have been shown tremendous love and support over this last week, a lot of which has come from the LGBTQ community. The kindness shown to me has been surreal.”
He added that the video series will be handed off to “someone of my choosing, and someone that I trust.”
While the creator’s statement makes no reference to the controversy wave surrounding his donations, The Blaze points out that he was harshly criticized last week on social media for his financial contributions. He was accused of being “racist and anti-LGBTQ,” according to the news outlet.
On Saturday, before he let the word out about his retirement, Cawthon addressed his social media critics and refused to apologize for being a Christian and for treating everyone equally.
“To say that the last few days have been surreal would be an understatement. I've debated greatly how best to address this, including not addressing it at all, but with so many people from the LGBT community in the fanbase that I love, that's not an option. I'd like to think that the last seven years would have given me the benefit of the doubt in regard to how I try to treat people, but there I was, with people threatening to come to my house. My wife is six weeks pregnant and she spent last night in fear because of what was being said online. She has already been struggling with her pregnancy so seeing her so afraid really scared me. All this because I exercised my right, and my duty, to support the candidates who I felt could best run the country, for everyone, and that's something that I won't apologize for.
For those who took the time to look, you saw that the candidates I supported included men, women, white people, black people, republicans, and democrats. Even if there were candidates who had better things to say to the LGBT community directly, and bigger promises to make, I believed that their stances on other issues would have ended up doing much greater harm to those communities than good. All of this explanation, I fear, is wasted, as people don't want to discuss with one another anymore; they want endless apologies and submission. People who are expecting those from me will get neither.”
“I don't do this for the money anymore, I do it because I enjoy it,” Cauthon said, pointing out that even if he gets canceled for his views, he would be totally at peace.
“If people think I'm doing more harm than good now, then maybe it's better that I get cancelled and retire. I would accept that. I've had a fulfilling career. Besides, most things that people can take from you are things that never had much value to begin with,” the Houston video games creator concluded.