The hobby games business marked an astounding eighth consecutive year of growth in 2016, with the hobby channel growing around 10%, according to retailers, distributors, and publishers interviewed by ICv2 as sources for a report in the latest issue of , #91.
The number of people playing hobby games, the number of people shopping at game stores, the number of stores, and exposure of hobby games at major retailers were all up in 2016, reflecting the now-mainstream nature of the hobby.
drove major increases in collectible game sales in chain stores, with the growth in board and card game sales also dramatic.
The holiday season was particularly strong, with December a rocking month in game stores.
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The nine factors the IRS has used to determine whether a taxpayer is truly conducting a business: the manner in which the taxpayer carries on the activity (maintaining complete and accurate records); expertise of the taxpayer or his advisors; time and effort expended; expectation of asset appreciation; success in conducting similar or dissimilar activities; history of income and loss; amount of occasional profit; financial status; and, elements of personal pleasure or recreation.