Ludlum CEO hearts John Riccitiello

"We're dealing with grown-ups now."

Ludlum estate CEO Jeffrey Weiner has said the decision to license Jason Bourne and friends to EA was partly based on his previous experience dealing with chief executive John Riccitiello.

"John was at Elevation [Partners, his former venture capital outfit] at the time and was a real serious bidder," Weiner told Variety of the first deal to license the games, which saw Vivendi buy up the rights and produce The Bourne Conspiracy.

"EA came in the strongest, had the best take on the property, and they know how to grow the IP and have unquestioned worldwide market reach," he said. "We're dealing with grown-ups now."

Variety also reports that the new EA deal is good for ten years, which should give new developer Starbreeze time to come up with a good soundalike for that music from the films they always play when Bourne's doing something wily. We've asked EA to comment on the length of the deal, but haven't heard back yet.

Look out for a little bit more on Starbreeze's mystery Bourne game later this month.

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