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Clearwell Systems Releases E-Discovery Industry’s First Social Game

Clearwell’s eDiscovery World leverages the latest trends in social gaming to revolutionize a critical business process and reinvent the meaning of “end-to-end” e-discovery

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Apr. 1, 2011 — Clearwell Systems, Inc., a leader in intelligent e–discovery, today announced the release of eDiscovery World, which marks the company’s groundbreaking foray into social gaming. Available now on Facebook, Clearwell’s newest module enables gamers to issue legal holds to pixelated custodians, collect documents relevant to a case, and then process, analyze, review and produce those documents with a few simple mouse clicks or finger swipes. With the release of eDiscovery World, Clearwell has merged the whimsical pastime of social gaming with the critical business process of electronic discovery, revolutionizing end-to-end e-discovery as a result.

“We launched the Electronic Discovery Reference Model in 2005 to help develop guidelines and standards for electronic discovery consumers and providers,” said George Socha, co-founder of Apersee. “There have been many requests to alter the EDRM diagram since then, but none has been so innovative as to suggest a new box for Social Gaming. Since folks are playing games during the e-discovery process anyway, you can’t have ‘end-to-end’ e-discovery without it.”

eDiscovery World offers gamers an intuitive and colorful interface through which to perform the e-discovery process, from legal hold through production. Gamers are delivered a steady stream of new cases which must be retrieved from the reception desk, assigned to the various eDiscovery World characters, and completed either manually or using next-generation e-discovery technology. As each phase of the workflow is completed, gamers earn experience points and accrue cost savings for the company. Novice gamers start with virtual documents, but quickly level up to unlock live documents from some of their organization’s more pressing and time-sensitive cases. Most attorneys end up having so much fun they aren’t even aware they are actively involved in making critical decisions in high-stakes litigation.

“Today, changes in e-discovery technology are occurring so quickly that it can be difficult to stay up to date on the latest trends,” said Ron Hedges, former New Jersey Magistrate Judge. “There is great potential for eDiscovery World to serve as a valuable training tool for the judiciary. This game would be a productive way for the judiciary to make use of time in the months between e-discovery motions.”

As the resident e-discovery expert, gamers must supervise the entire e-discovery lifecycle in an authentic office atmosphere complete with overworked IT, leafless ficus trees, and chickens. Key features of eDiscovery World include:

  • Career Growth: At the start of play, gamers are assigned the lowly status of Summer Associate but can level up by demonstrating savvy case management. The elusive goal of General Counsel hovers as an inspiration of what’s possible to only the most proficient eDiscovery World avatars.
  • Reinvestment Opportunities: Gamers can allocate the savings realized by using Clearwell in eDiscovery World workflow in order to make substantial company investments, including purchasing technology, hiring employees, and upgrading the décor of their virtual office.
  • Professional Services: When gamers are operating under tight deadlines, Clearwell Professional Service avatars can step in to accelerate the entire e-discovery process.
  • Neighbor Offices: Gamers may invite their friends and co–workers to establish neighboring offices, and gift office supplies such as double file cabinets and water coolers.
  • Custom Settings: Gamers can customize everything from staff size to office layout in order to maximize their e-discovery process efficiency, and can even personalize avatar appearance.

“Surveys indicate that today’s attorneys spend hundreds of thousands of hours each month playing social games,” said Sean Wilcox, senior director of product marketing at Clearwell Systems. “eDiscovery World channels those energies in a way that benefits both attorneys and the public at large. Why waste time growing fake crops in FarmVille when you can be billing upwards of $400 an hour to process and review real documents in eDiscovery World?“

eDiscovery World is available now and can be played at http://apps.facebook.com/ediscoveryworld. The game honors your Facebook privacy settings, which can be customized at any time by visiting http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=966. For non-Facebook users, eDiscovery World can also be played at www.clearwellsystems.com/ediscoveryworld/game.php.

About Clearwell Systems
Clearwell Systems is transforming the way enterprises, government agencies, and law firms perform electronic discovery (e–discovery) in response to litigation, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations. The Clearwell E–Discovery Platform streamlines end–to–end e–discovery, providing a single product for identification, collection, preservation, processing, analysis, review, production and social gaming. Leading global organizations are using Clearwell to streamline legal hold notifications, automate collections, accelerate early case assessments, intelligently cull–down data, increase reviewer productivity, and ensure the defensibility of their e–discovery process. Consistently ranked as a leader in independent e–discovery industry surveys and reports, Clearwell Systems is an active participant in the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) Project, The Sedona Conference, and the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC). For more information, visit www.clearwellsystems.com, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/clearwell, like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/clearwell, or subscribe to the E–Discovery 2.0 blog at http://www.clearwellsystems.com/e–discovery–blog/.