Looks like Riot Games is testing a Battle Royale mode for Valorant with a select group of players. Data miners have also found code indicating a snowball game mode.
According to a tweet from a self-proclaimed poster of news and leaks about PUBG and Valorant, PlayerIGN, Riot Games' competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter is getting a Battle Royale mode.
Battle Royale game modes ramped up their popularity in early 2018, but the advent of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds shook the industry so much that every shooter released in the recent years either has a Battle Royale mode baked into it or receives the mode after the devs realise that is the way of attracting (even more) players.
After Fortnite, Apex Legends and Warzone, Valorant looks like it is the next on the list for the Battle Royale treatment. If PlayerIGN's rumour turns out to be true it will, in turn, give even more credence to the reports that Riot Games is looking to add controller support to their shooter and make their move into the console market.
Additionally, if the Battle Royale rumour turns out to be true, there is still the question of whether it will be a permanent addition or a time-limited seasonal event.
The dedicated data miners have recently dug up a couple of lines of code that shows some kind of snowball game mode is coming to the game.
A snowball-based seasonal Battle Royale mode would be a perfect test-run for a full-blown royale mode further down the line.
Valorant was released on June 2, 2020, and hasn't had a seasonal event yet, so it would also be a new venture for Riot to try and see how the community responds.