Even before clans on Elite, people had organized play on platforms such as Gamebattles, or just played together for fun. Honestly, the introduction of all the nifty little badges and such was just an incentive for even more people to try organized play. In short, I think that clans are nice, I've been in many across all sorts of games. You meet people, you play together, and you learn the game together. Now they've added rewards for it. What's not to love?
what a great reply....clans are usually gaming communities that play together in all sorts of games...not just this one...I was in a clan myself structured clan...they had officers and such and there were about 20 different games at all times you could go into and play...they would help noobs gain experience by offering their knowledge of play ...you just have to find the right clan