Scott Cawthon is an American video game developer, designer, and author, who is best known for his Five Nights at Freddy’s series.
In addition, Cawthon created several animated movies such as The Christmas Journey, The Pilgrim’s Progress, and Noah’s Ark.
Scott was born on July 26, 1971, in Houston, Texas, USA.
Cawthon developed his first game (Doofas) when he was a child. Scott said in an interview:
”My mom bought me a program called Klik & Play when I was 13 and I’ve been making games ever since.”
In 2007, he uploaded the first part of an eight-part series (The Pilgrim’s Progress) on his self- entitled YouTube channel. Currently, the channel has over 106 million views and more than 1.95 million subscribers.
In 2013, Scott published a game titled – ”Chipper & Sons Lumber Co.” When the game came out, many players complained about the characters in the game looking like scary animatronic dolls. The poor reception of ”Chipper & Sons Lumber Co.” sent Cawthon into depression.
Five Nights at Freddy’s
After he recovered from depression, Cawthon began work on Five Nights at Freddy’s. He said:
”I felt drawn back to games again, but not Christian games anymore.”
The first Five Nights at Freddy’s game was released on August 8, 2014.
The series is centered on a pastiche of pizza restaurants such as Showbiz Pizza Place and Chuck E. Cheese. The main characters in the series are usually security guards working at a Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza.
The series was a breakout success both on mobile and on PC. Scott used script-free programming tool Clickteam Fusion 2.5 to create the Five Nights at Freddy’s games.
On November 10, 2014, he released ”Five Nights at Freddy’s 2” on Steam.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 was released on Steam on March 2, 2015. It takes place in a horror-themed attraction named Fazbear’s Fright.
In April 2015, Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Five Nights at Freddy’s series to adapt the game series into a feature film, reported Polygon.
Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 was released on August 8, 2015, about two weeks earlier than the initial announced the released date, according to Games Radar. Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 is set in a child’s bedroom. Also, it is the only game in the entire game series that has no spoken dialogue.
After the release of Five Nights At Freddy’s 4, Scott wrote a lengthy post to the FNAF 4 Steam forums. He wrote:
”Did you know that last year I was working at Dollar General? I worked as a cashier.”
In October 2016, Cawthon released Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location. The trailer for the game was released on his official YouTube page. It is a point-and-click survival horror video game and received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics.
On August 29, 2017, Scott released a guidebook to the horror game series.
On December 4, 2017, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location sequel, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, was released. GameCrate called the game the ”best value in gaming right now.”
Scott released the 2nd guidebook for Five Nights at Freddy’s, titled Survival Logbook, on December 26, 2017.
On June 27, 2018, Cawthon released a point-and-click survival horror, titled – ”Ultimate Custom Night.” PC Gamer called the game “a neat, customizable take on the classic survival horror formula.”
On December 3, 2019, he released ”Freddy in Space 2.” The game was released for free on Game Jolt. It is a stand-alone sequel to the FNaF 57: Freddy in Space mini-game.
In July 2019, Clickteam, a French software development company, announced that they had partnered up with Cawthon to develop the mobile versions of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.
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Wife & Children
Scott Cawthon lives in Salado, Texas, USA, with his wife and four sons.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s game series appeared in the Guinness Book of Records: Gamer’s Edition for the largest number of sequels released in a year.
In 2016, a horror attraction based on the Five Nights at Freddy’s game series was featured in the Adventuredome (a 5-acre indoor amusement park located at Circus Circus in Las Vegas) for Halloween.
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Scott Cawthon – Net Worth
Cawthon earned most of his wealth from selling his Five Nights at Freddy’s series on Steam. Every game in the series sells between $5 and $10. Part of its success was due to the YouTube community. The series set the record for the largest number of sequels released in a year.
Moreover, Scott makes money from selling merch related to Five Nights at Freddy’s, including – keychains, clothing, posters, action figures, and stuffed toys.
From ads on YouTube, Scott received about $300,000 (before taxes).
In addition, Scott released other games, including Ultimate Custom Night, Doofas, Rage Quit, Fighter Mage Bard, V.I.P. Woodland Casino, Magnum Slots Collection, Jumbo Slots Collection, and 8-Bit RPG Creator.
Also, Cawthon published a few books, such as – The Freddy Files: Updated Edition, Survival Logbook, The Freddy Files, and 8 books from Five Nights at Freddy’s game series. Therefore, video game developer Scott Cawthon has an estimated net worth of $20.5 million.
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