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Five Nights At Freddy’s 4 Dev Thanks Fans For Support And Responds To Haters By Being Nice

A heartwarming and sincere letter we don’t often see from developers.

Developer of Five Nights At Freddy’s 4, Scott Cawthon, sent out a sincere letter to the fans through the game’s Steam community, thanking them for the support and criticizing people who showed him hate for his games.

“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.” Cawthon said “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.”


“It’s true that there has been a lot of hate toward me lately; on the forums, on youtube, etc. And I’ll be honest, it’s difficult. It’s difficult when people seem to dislike you only because you’ve found success with something. 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.”

Cawthon continued to share that people should pursue their dreams, and acknowledged that his games would never be perfect. He also mentioned that the best emails he get are from people who were inspired by his games to pursue a career in video game development or study hard to become successful in life.

“I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to make sure you know that I’m human. I have a lot of flaws, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. My games aren’t perfect, and they never will be. But something more important that I want to convey to all of you, is that 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. “Haters gonna hate.” –as they say, but I want you to know that focusing on someone else’s failure or success is the wrong way to live.”

“The best emails I get are from people who have chosen to pursue game development because of the games that I’ve made, or people who have decided to do computer science, or learn programming. Who will be the next game designer? Who will make the next game for Markiplier to play? Make sure that it’s you! People who hate success will never be successful. Focus on your success, and your story. People always ask me what college I recommend, or what programs I recommend. My answer is to just go forward, practice. Just GET to college, study hard, be awesome at what you do. Make sure that you are next year’s big success story. Don’t fall into the pit of people who have given up on making something of themselves, and make sure you make EVERYTHING out of yourself.”

It’s always nice to see developers talking to their fans from their hearts, thanking them for their support and encouraging their success.

Be sure to check out our many Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 guides in the Guides section if you are struggling to survive your 6 nights in hell.

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