Is FNAF Real Game Theory?


Diego Sanchez

Have you ever heard of the popular game Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF)? It’s a game that has taken the gaming world by storm, with its unique storyline and gameplay.

But what if I told you that there is a theory that suggests that FNAF is actually real? That’s right, some people believe that the game is based on true events. In this article, we will explore this theory and see if there is any truth to it.

The Game Theory

The theory was first proposed by MatPat, who runs the popular YouTube channel Game Theory. According to him, FNAF is based on a real-life event that took place in the 1990s.

He suggests that a pizza restaurant chain called Chuck E. Cheese’s had malfunctioning animatronics that caused the death of several children. The company covered up the incident and reopened the restaurant with new animatronics.

The Evidence

MatPat’s theory may sound far-fetched, but he does have some evidence to back it up. For example, FNAF takes place in a pizza restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza which has animatronics just like Chuck E. Cheese’s. The game is set in 1993 which is around the same time when the alleged incident took place.

Another piece of evidence is in one of the mini-games where you play as an animatronic trying to give cake to children. The background music for this mini-game is exactly the same as one of Chuck E. Cheese’s commercials from the 1980s.

The Counterarguments

However, there are also counterarguments against MatPat’s theory. For example, Scott Cawthon, the creator of FNAF, has stated multiple times that his inspiration for the game came from his childhood fear of animatronics at Chuck E. He has never mentioned anything about the game being based on true events.

Moreover, there is no evidence to support the claim that an incident like this ever happened at Chuck E. While there have been reports of malfunctioning animatronics causing harm to children, there is no record of any deaths occurring.


In conclusion, while the theory that FNAF is based on a real-life event may be interesting, it is unlikely to be true. The evidence for it is circumstantial at best and there are no concrete facts to support it.

However, the game continues to fascinate players with its unique storyline and gameplay mechanics. Whether or not it is based on a real event, one thing is for sure – FNAF will continue to be a popular game for years to come.

  • Key Takeaways:
    • FNAF stands for Five Nights at Freddy’s.
    • The theory that FNAF is based on a real-life event was proposed by MatPat.
    • The evidence for this theory is circumstantial at best.
    • The creator of FNAF has never stated that the game is based on true events.

So what do you think? Is FNAF really based on a true story or just a work of fiction? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!