It could've gone another way. Everything depends on perspective. There are different angles and other choice. Life could be very different right now, but Phil Fish knows the exact moment he went indie.
He was toiling away in a Montreal game studio Artificial Mind and Movement, one of many working on some movie-based game. The game he'd been working on it in his own time was up for two awards at the Independent Games Festival at GDC. That game was Fez.