Sounds like a BS racket! $50 a year for what ? Access to some D/L content and a bunch of features that should be free. No thanks.
I for one am fed up with all the new online models & concepts that have spun off in the recent years . EA has their own severs I need to have a pass for (yes I know its free) even though I'm already paying for Xbox Live. BS. Online passes for D/L content. BS. In-app / In-game purchases (Paying real money for in-game upgrades)...huge BS! Elite service sounds like BS too.
As if these companies aren't reaping huge enough profits. They have to milk every last penny.