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I dont necessarily agree. Teams should be inclusive and there are many ways to build relationships without even realizing it. The article is not advocating for a one size fits all solution. Assess your environment and see what accommodates the team's personalities. Maybe they dont want to talk about games or have conference calls, but there is always a way to bond as long as there is common ground.
For example, you may have a team that likes to read tech blogs so something as easy as a tech blog sharing day where someone from the team choses to send out their favorite read for the week to the team can enable conversation and camaraderie.