Scott Cawthon, the man behind the horrific animatronic scare series Five Nights at Freddy’s (which I think is up to its twentieth iteration now), has been doing well for himself. In addition to the recently released and well-received Five Nights at Freddy’s IV, Gil Kenan (of the Poltergeist remake and the rather unfortunate City of Ember) has been selected as the director for the upcoming film adaptation of the first game. Cawthon’s games are deeply divisive with vocal supporters and detractors —given its cheap scare tactics and relatively unimpressive visuals — and he’s clearly feeling a little hard done by all the hateful criticism of his success.
In an affecting post on the Five Nights at Freddy’s IV‘s Steam community page, Cawthon explains that he’s extremely grateful for his run of success in the past year, highlighting that before the windfall, he was working for Target and Dollar General, relatively low-budget stores in the USA. “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.”