Scott Cawthon

Scott Cawthon
Born (1971-07-26) July 26, 1971 (age 46)
United States
Residence Salado, Texas, United States.
Nationality American
Alma mater The Art Institute of Houston
Occupation Video game designer, animator, writer
Years active 2002-present
Notable work Five Nights at Freddy's

Scott Cawthon (born July 26, 1971) is an independent American video game designer, developer, animator, and writer, best known as the creator of the Five Nights at Freddy's game franchise.[1] Cawthon has also created other games, such as Chipper & Son's Lumber Co., The Desolate Hope, and There is No Pause Button!, as well as Christian-based animations such as A Christmas Journey and The Pilgrim's Progress. He used Autodesk 3ds Max and Clickteam Fusion 2.5 to develop Five Nights at Freddy's and most of his other games.

Personal life[]

Scott Cawthon was born and raised in the United States. He lives in Salado, Texas, with his wife and children. He is of Christian faith, previously being part of Hope Animation, an organization creating animated films based on Christian beliefs and values.[2]


It is unknown when Cawthon began his career in game design and animating, although it can be dated back to somewhere in the 1990s. Cawthon revealed his first ever game (titled "Doofas") during a livestream by YouTube personality Lewis Dawkins,[3] which he made when he was a child. His first official games began to sprout in the early 2000s, one of the earliest known being RPG Max, released in 2002. He later joined Hope Animation, where he created animations for children based on Christian values.

On March 19, 2007, Cawthon uploaded the first part of an 8-part series named The Pilgrim's Progress to his YouTube channel. The animation is a retelling of John Bunyan's novel of the same name.[4] After releasing The Pilgrim's Progress, Cawthon developed several games, including Sit N' Survive, Chipper and Sons Lumber Co., and The Desolate Hope. Some of these were submitted to Steam Greenlight. While The Desolate Hope made it through the process, some games, most notably Chipper and Sons Lumber Co., were heavily criticized by prominent reviewers for having characters that moved and interacted with each other like animatronic machines. While initially discouraged, almost to the point of stopping game development completely, Cawthon eventually decided to use the animatronic-like characters to his advantage, sparking the development of Five Nights at Freddy's.[5]

On July 24, 2014, Cawthon submitted Five Nights at Freddy's to IndieDB, where it gained massive popularity. He then submitted it to Desura on August 13, 2014, and also submitted it to Steam Greenlight on June 13, 2014, where it was accepted August 18, 2014. A trailer was shortly released on June 14, 2014, with a demo following on July 24, 2014. On August 8, the game was released for $4.99 on Steam. The game was well-received by critics,[6] and became the subject of a number of popular Let's Play videos on YouTube. Scott Cawthon then went on to develop multiple follow-up games.

Soon after the release of Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Cawthon removed all information from his official site and replaced it with an image of the word "offline". The website soon began to show teasers of Five Nights at Freddy's 3, which was released on March 2, 2015. In July 2015, Cawthon released the fourth game of the Five Nights at Freddy's horror series, along with an additional "Halloween" update that was released on October 31, 2015.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced in April 2015 that it had acquired the rights to adapt the series to film. Roy Lee, David Katzenberg, and Seth Grahame-Smith were set to produce. Grahame-Smith stated that they would collaborate with Cawthon "to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie".[7] In July 2015, Gil Kenan signed to direct the adaptation and co-write it with Tyler Burton Smith.[8]

In December, 2015, Scott Cawthon released teasers for his first novel, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Untold Story, soon to be renamed Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes. The book was released on December 17, 2015 as an e-book for Amazon Kindle; a paperback ion is also available for ordering. According to Cawthon, the book was released earlier than its planned release date due to a mistake on Amazon's part.[9]

On June 24, 2016, Cawthon announced that he had made a 3-book deal with Scholastic and that the first book (The Silver Eyes) would be re-printed on paperback in October that year, with the second and third being released in 2017 and 2018.[10]

On September 15, 2015, Cawthon announced the development of a new role-playing video game (RPG), titled FNaF World. The game is not a horror game; rather, a stylized RPG. It was released on January 21, 2016.[11] Four days later, Cawthon pulled it from the store, not satisfied with the results, and released an improved version on Gamejolt for free on February 8.[12]

On May 21 2016, Cawthon released a teaser trailer for Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, featuring a clown-like animatronic, a dancer animatronic, and variations of Foxy and Freddy from the series. The game was released on October 7, 2016, and was generally well received. Cawthon then released a free custom night update on December 2, with "Golden Freddy mode" being added to the update soon after.[13]

In January 2017, Cawthon stated that partially due to "problems within the movie industry as a whole", the film "was met with several delays and roadblocks" and it was "back at square one", but he promised "to be involved with the movie from day one this time, and that's something extremely important to me. I want this movie to be something that I'm excited for the fanbase to see."[14][15] In March 2017, Cawthon tweeted a picture at Blumhouse Productions, suggesting the film had a new production company.[16][17] In May 2017, producer Jason Blum confirmed the news, claiming he was excited and working closely with Cawthon on the adaptation.[18] In June 2017, Gil Kenan said he was no longer directing the Five Nights at Freddy's film after Warner Bros. Pictures' turnaround.[19]

On June 27, 2017, Scott Cawthon's second novel, Five Nights at Freddy's: The Twisted Ones was released. It was the sequel to The Silver Eyes, and its story follows the main character, Charlie, who is "drawn back into the world of her father's frightening creations" when she tried to get over the events of The Silver Eyes.[20] On August 29, 2017, Cawthon released the first official guidebook of Five Nights at Freddy's, entitled The Freddy Files. It contains character profiles, easter eggs, tips on playing the games, and theories sprouted from the franchise.[21]

On July 3, 2017, Cawthon announced the cancellation of a sixth main installment to Five Nights at Freddy's, after previously stating a month earlier that a sixth game was in the works. He reasoned that it was because he had been neglecting other important things in his life, but said that he wasn't planning to abandon the series and may release a FNaF World-styled spin-off game in the future.[22] However, with the release of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator on December 4, 2017, this was confirmed to be a troll.[23][24]

On December 26, 2017, Cawthon released the second guidebook for Five Nights at Freddy's called Survival Logbook. Unlike previous book releases, Survival Logbook has no listed Amazon Kindle ions, implying that it will have pages designed for physical writing as opposed to simply reading from a device.[25][26]

On February 13, 2018, it was revealed by Blumhouse Productions on Twitter that Chris Columbus (filmmaker) would be working on the film as a director, alongside producing it with Blum and Cawthon.[27]



Title Year released (some estimated)
RPG Max 2002
Legacy of Flan 2003
Lost Island 2003
Elemage 2003
Mega Knight 2003
Dank Knight 2003
Dino Stria 2003
Phantom Core 2003
War 2003
Gunball 2003
Stellar Gun 2003
Ships of Chaos 2003
Legacy of Flan 2: Flans Online 2003
Legacy of Flan 3: Storm of Hades 2003
RPG Max 2 2003
Flanville 2004
Junkyard Apocalypse 2004
Moon Minions 2004
Flanville 2 2005
Metroid: Ripped Worlds 2005
Legend of White Whale 2005
Chup's Quest 2005
The Misadventures of Sigfreid The Dark Elf 2006
Bogart 2006
Bogart 2: Return of Bogart 2006
Weird Colony 2007
M.O.O.N. 2007
Legacy of Flan 4: Flan Rising 2007
The Desolate Room 2007
Iffermoon 2008
The Powermon Adventure! 2011
Doomsday Picnic 2011
Slumberfish! 2011
Slumberfish!: Catching Z's 2011
Cropple 2013
Forever Quester 2013
Golden Galaxy 2013
20 Useless Apps 2013
Slumberfish! 2013
Aquatic Critters Slots 2013
Bad Waiter Tip Calculator 2013
Mafia! Slot Machine 2013
Pimp My Dungeon 2013
Platinum Slots Collection 2013
Scott's Fantasy Slots 2013
Spooky Scan 2013
Vegas Fantasy Jackpot 2013
Vegas Fantasy Slots 2013
Vegas Wild Slots 2013
Fart Hotel 2014
Pogoduck 2014
Gemsa 2014
8-Bit RPG Creator 2014
Shell Shatter 2014
Chubby Hurdles 2014
Sit 'N Survive 2014
Kitty in the Crowd 2014
Bible Story Slots 2014
Dark Prisms 2014
Hawaiian Jackpots 2014
Jumbo Slots Collection 2014
Magnum Slots Collection 2014
V.I.P. Woodland Casino 2014
Fighter Mage Bard 2014
Use Holy Water! 2014
There Is No Pause Button! 2014
Rage Quit 2014
Chipper and Sons Lumber Co. 2014
The Desolate Hope 2014
Five Nights at Freddy's 2014
Five Nights at Freddy's 2 2014
Five Nights at Freddy's 3 2015
Five Nights at Freddy's 4 2015
FNaF World 2016
Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location 2016
Doofas 2017 [notes 1]
Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator 2017



  1. ^ While Cawthon initially released Doofas in 2017, the game was developed years before.


  1. ^ "Official website of Scott Cawthon". 
  2. ^ "Who we are | Hope Animation". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  3. ^ Dawko (2017-09-16), Dawko's Charity Stream for American Red Cross PART 2, retrieved 2017-09-17 
  4. ^ "The Pilgrim's Progress - Christian Movie/Film DVD". Christian Movies All in One Place, Easy to Find! CFDb!. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  5. ^ Scott Cawthon (March 2, 2015). Five Nights at Freddy's 3. PC. Scene: Ending (Nightmare). 
  6. ^ "Five Nights at Freddy's on Metacritic". Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (April 7, 2015). "Video Game 'Five Nights at Freddy's' Getting Movie Treatment". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2017-10-20). "Gil Kenan To Direct 'Five Nights At Freddy's' For Warner Bros". Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ Design&Trend (2015-12-17). "'Five Nights At Freddy's: The Silver Eyes' Novel Released Early In Kindle And Paperback [LINK]". Design & Trend. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Scholastic & Scottgames, LLC Announce a New Book Series Based on the Bestselling Video Game Franchise Five Nights at Freddy's | Scholastic Media Room". Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Five Nights at Freddy's 4". Retrieved October 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Five Nights at Freddy's 4". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  13. ^ "Steam Community :: Group Announcements :: Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location". Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  14. ^ "Back to basics: Five Nights at Freddy's movie update". Nerdvana. February 6, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  15. ^ "'Five Nights At Freddy's' Movie Back At Square One, Says Scott Cawthon". February 1, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Five Nights at Freddy's Movie Being Produced by Blumhouse". Dread Central. March 28, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Tease from Creator Hints at Blumhouse Making 'Five Nights at Freddy's' Movie". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  18. ^ "'Five Nights at Freddy's' Movie Adaptation Will Work, Says Producer Jason Blum". Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Gil Kenan on Twitter: "this is sadly correct. love FNAF and the community, hoping for a great film!"". Twitter. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Five Nights at Freddy's: Twisted Ones Novel Early Copy Out, Story Details Leaked". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  21. ^ "'Five Nights at Freddy's: The Freddy Files' Guide Book News: New Book Reveals Secrets of the Franchise". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  22. ^ "Five Nights At Freddy's 6 Was Announced, Then Canceled". July 3, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Five Nights At Freddy's Creator Releases New Pizzeria Simulator". December 4, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Logbook': New Details About Scott Cawthon's Upcoming Book". June 11, 2017. 
  26. ^ "'Five Nights at Freddy's: Survival Logbook' teases at more help after release of 'The Freddy Files'". June 12, 2017. 
  27. ^ Blumhouse (12 February 2018). "Mr. Columbus, are you ready for Freddy?". @blumhouse. Retrieved 2018-02-14. 

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