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Scott Cawthon’s Net Worth

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Scott Braden Cawthon is an American writer and former video game developer with an estimated net worth of $70 million as reported by multiple sources. He is mostly recognized for being the creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s which initially started out as an eponymous survival game horror game in 2014 and has since then cemented itself as a cult classic. Scott Cawthon has since expanded the game into a full-blown media franchise with its own film adaptation as well as novels being released.


Scott Cawthon is an American writer and former video game developer with an estimated net worth of $70 million as reported by multiple sources. He is mostly recognized for being the creator of Five Nights at Freddy’s which initially started out as an eponymous survival game horror game in 2014 and has since then cemented itself as a cult classic. Cawthon has since expanded the game into a full-blown media franchise with its own film adaptation as well as novels being released.


Unlike all the other entrants on this list, Cawthon started his career in the 1990s as an animator and game designer as revealed by him on a live stream with Dawko. He stated that his first game ever made was titled Doofa and was made by him when he was just a child. Cawthon’s first official game, RPG Max, was released in the early 2000s and subsequently, he joined Hope Animation and created several Christian media animations, as he himself is a devout Christian.


Scott Cawthon Net Worth
Scott Cawthon (Source: Instagram)


Cawthon uploaded the first video from his eight-part series based on John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim's Progress to his YouTube channel on March 19, 2007, which was released as a full-feature film a couple of years before he uploaded the first part.


Following his animation stint, Cawthon decided to focus on developing video games and eventually submitted numerous video games, namely Sit N' Survive, Chipper and Sons Lumber Co., and The Desolate Hope to Steam Greenlight, the largest distribution platform in the PC gaming industry.


Every game apart from Desolate Hope was criticized for characters having animatronic movements and Cawthon eventually decided to use these very animatronic movements to create the now-famous Five Night at Freddy’s, which he submitted to Steam. This time around, everybody loved the game, and it was hugely adopted by streamers across the world.


Scott Cawthon Net Worth
Cawthon (Source: Instagram)


The game was eventually released on Steam priced at $7.99 on November 10, 2014, and was extremely well received due to the unique nature of being a horror game which involved creepy animatronic characters. The success of the original game led to Cawthon releasing nine more installments, with three installments being released in the span of a year. With minor updates to certain aspects of the game, he released the other installments between 2016 and early 2021. All the installments enjoyed the same success and popularity as the original game.


On June 16, 2020, Scott Cawthon announced via his website that he was retiring from the world of game development as he desired to spend more time with his children. Apart from developing Five Nights at Freddy’s, Cawthon has also written 25 books inspired by the game, the first of which was released in 2015 under the title, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes.


The Hollywood Reporter stated in an article dated 2015, that Warner Bros. was interested in making a film adaption of the horror games. After years of failing at coming up with a screenplay, Cawthon on a Reddit thread stated that the film was finally going to start filming in Spring 2021.


Scott Cawthon’s Personal Information


Real NameScott Braden Cawthon
Nick NameScott
DOB (Age)June 4, 1978 (44 years old)
Height5ft 8 inches (175 cm)
Weight70 kg (154 lbs)
Net worth$70 Million
NationalityAmerican
Address/ResidenceFlorida, America


Scott Cawthon’s Social Media Stats


PlatformFollowers/Subscribers
Instagram208k
TikTok 23.3k
YouTube 3.4 million


Scott Cawthon’s Sources of Income


Scott Cawthon Net Worth
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As of 2023, Cawthon has accrued a massive net worth of $70 million and most of it was thanks to the massive success of the Five Night at Freddy’s franchise.


Business Ventures:


Multiple sources report Cawthon has earned millions from in-game sales of the game from PC, Xbox, Playstation, and App Stores. Sources also suggest that Cawthon has earned over $20 million from sales alone.


Scott Cawthon Net Worth
Cawthon (Source: Instagram)


Apart from the hugely successful video game series, Five Night at Freddy’s now has its own merchandise line, hoodies, beanies, and T-shirts, among other miscellaneous items. With over 25 published books, Cawthon also makes quite a decent amount from his writing career, and with the film adaptation finally having some progress, we can only expect Cawthon’s net worth to skyrocket.


Scott Cawthon's Expenses

Not a lot of information is available regarding the personal life of Scott Cawthon. Multiple reports propose he has six children, and it is presumed that, given he is 44 years old, his children could possibly be teenagers and most of his expenditure would be definitely on his family.


FAQ's On Scott Cawthon’s Net Worth

Why did Scott Cawthon retire?

Scott Cawthon has publicly stated that he was retiring as he desired to spend more time with his children and family, as game development was a tiring job. Multiple sources state he was forced to retire as his support and donation for Donald Trump and other Republican candidates led to a lot of backlash from the gaming community.

Does Scott Cawthon still own FNAF?

Yes, Scott Cawthon still owns the Five Night at Freddy’s franchise. Despite his retirement from game development, he has stated that he wants to ensure FNAF is in safe hands and continues to grow forever. He is also credited as being the owner of the   which does not change from his retirement as the chief developer of the game.
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