This Isn’t An Ordinary Adaptation

“Five Nights at Freddy’s” in its current form is a massive multimedia franchise boasting 13 games as well as 32 books and graphic novels, but it all began when the first game was released independently on Desura and Steam. “FNAF” could have gone the way of most indie games, developing a dedicated fanbase without ever crossing into the mainstream conversation, but that’s not what happened. Instead, “FNAF” ended up on the radar of popular Let’s Players on YouTube who posted playthroughs and reaction videos. With built-in fanbases of millions of subscribers, these YouTubers became the best marketing campaign imaginable. And it’s this integral part of the success of “FNAF” that clearly motivated the decision to feature YouTubers on the “Employee of the Month” board shown in the trailer.

Confirmed appearances include FusionZGamer, Dawko, and 8-bit Ryan, with an extended appearance of CoryxKenshin as the cab driver. Based on FusionZGamer’s trailer recap video, it sounds like game creator Scott Cawthon was the one who reached out to prominent YouTubers to have these little Easter egg appearances. After all, the guy owes it to the grassroots efforts of Let’s Players who helped skyrocket the games’ popularity and introduced them to a global audience. With no exaggeration, if it weren’t for these gamers, the “Five Nights at Freddy’s” movie certainly wouldn’t exist.

With that said, if Markiplier ends up in this film, the internet might actually implode. But don’t get your hopes up too high — he was likely working on the “Iron Lung” adaptation at the same time which may have made a cameo appearance rather difficult.

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